Leah Bradshaw

Faculty of Social Sciences

Leah Bradshaw

Professor Specializing in Political Theory
Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 4282
Email: lbradshaw@brocku.ca
Plaza 339


BA, Honours, Bishop's University, 1975; MA York University, 1978; PhD York University, 1984

Research Interests:

Leah Bradshaw teaches and writes on the history of political thought, as well as on contemporary issues in political theory. Much of her career has evolved from considerations on the work of Hannah Arendt, and has been preoccupied with the breach between classical and modern political thought. Publications included work on canonical figures in the tradition (Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Kant), and on themes such as lying in politics, the relationship between reason and emotions in making judgments, and comparative accounts of oligarchy, tyranny and empire in ancient and modern political theory. Recent interests, both research and teaching, include philosophical understandings of technology and theories of citizenship.

Professor Bradshaw was nominated by her students for TV Ontario's Best Lecturer, 2010

Professor Bradshaw was nominated by her Graduate Students for the Brock University Graduate Student Mentor Award, 2013, and 2014

Current Course Syllabi:

POLI 291

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications:

"Immanuel Kant on Sovereignty, Cosmopolitanism and Prospects for Peace", David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds, Defining Peace: The Question of Peace in Political Philosophy (Wilfred Laurier Press, in press) 

“Thinking With Technology”, Thomas Heilke and John von Heyking, eds, Hunting and Weaving: Essays in Empirical Political Philosophy  (Southbend, Indiana, St. Augustine Press, 2012) 115-128

“How Thinking Saves Us”, Lee Trepanier and John von Heyking, eds, Teaching Political Philosophy in an Age of Ideology (N.Y., Rowman and Littlefield, 2012) 27-41

“Oligarchs and Democrats”, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds, On Oligarchy: Ancient Lessons for Modern Politics (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2011) 140-159 (Choice award for outstanding title; named to Hill Times Best 100 Books, 2011)

“Hobbes and Aristotle: Science and Politics”, Ann Ward, ed, Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy (Lanham, Maryland, Lexington Books: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009) 133-146

“Empire and the Eclipse of Politics”, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds, Enduring Empire (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2009) 77-95

“Emotions Reasons and Judgments”, Leonard Ferry and Rebecca Kingston, eds, Bringing the Passions Back In  (University of British Columbia Press, 2008) 172-188

“Narrative in Dark Times”, Irene Blayer and Francisco Fagundes, eds, Studies in Oral and Written Narratives and Cultural Identity: Interdisciplinary Approaches (N.Y., Peter Lang, 2007) 9-25

“Classical Enfleshments of Love”, Katerina Kitsi , ed. The Flesh Made Text: Bodies Theories Cultures in the Post-Millenial Era (N.Y., Peter Lang, 2007) 111-124

“Tyranny and the Womanish Soul”, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds.,Confronting Tyranny: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics (N.Y., Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) 161-180 (Choice award for outstanding title)

“Technology and Political Education”, Darin Barney, ed. Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology (9:2) 2005 8-26

Acting and Thinking;  The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1989) (Choice award for outstanding title).

Papers Presented:

"Steven Pinker's Our Better Angels Has Violence Declined?", World Philosophy Congress; University of Athens, Greece, Aug 2013

“How Thinking Saves Us”, 6th Annual Tanner Symposium, University of Southern Utah, October, 2011

“Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship”, the Letter of the Law: International Conference at University of Athens, May, 2011

“Ties of Friendship and Citizenship in a Globalized World”, 8th Annual Lecture on the Hill sponsored by the Centre for Cultural Renewal, Parliament Hill, November 26, 2009

“From Republic to Empire”, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Carleton University, June, 2009

“Aesthetics and Politics”, Annual Meeting of the New York State Political Science Association, John Jay College, N.Y.C., April, 2009

“Telos and Determinism: Two Ways of Knowing”, International Society for the Study of European Ideas”, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, July, 2008

“Tyranny: Ancient and Modern”, Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture, University of New Brunswick, March, 2007