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Joseph Cropsey

Curriculum Vitae

Born August 27, 1919 in the City of New York.


A.B., Columbia, 1939
A.M., Columbia, 1940 (Econ.)
Ph.D., Columbia, 1952 (Econ.)
D.H.L. honoris causa, The Colorado College, 1989


Army of the United States, 1941-45


City College of New York, Department of Economics, 1946-1958

New School for Social Research, Philosophy, 1950-1952

University of Chicago, Department of Political Science, 1958-Current
Present rank: Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus

Harvard University, Visiting Professor of Government, Autumn 1991


Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Legal and Political Philosophy, 1957-58 and 1962-63

Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Chicago, 1970.



Polity and Economy: An Interpretation of the Principles of Adam Smith. (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1957)

History of Political Philosophy. (co-editor with Leo Strauss, and contributing author) (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1962, 1972; University of Chicago Press, 1987)

Ancients and Moderns. Essays on the Tradition of Political Philosophy in Honor of Leo Strauss. (editor and contributing author) (New York: Basic Books, 1964)

Hobbes's A Dialogue Between A Philosopher and A Student of the Common Laws of England. (edited, with an introduction) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971)

Political Philosophy and the Issues of Politics. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977)

Plato's World. Man's Place in the Cosmos. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995)


"What is Welfare Economics?" in Ethics January 1955, vol. LXV, no. 2

"On the Relation of Political Science and Economics," in American Political Science Review, March 1960, vol. LIV, no. 1

"Political Life and a Natural Order," in Journal of Politics, February 1961, vol. 23, no. 1

"Reply to Rothman," in American Political Science Review, June 1962, vol. LVI, no. 2

"Adam Smith," in History of Political Philosophy

"Karl Marx," in History of Political Philosophy

"The Moral Basis of International Action," in America Armed, ed. Robert A. Goldwin (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1963)

"Hobbes and the Transition to Modernity," in Ancients and Moderns (New York: Basic Books, 1964)

"Conservatism and Liberalism," in Left, Right and Center, ed. Robert A. Goldwin (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1967)

"On Situation Ethics," in Perspective, Winter 1967, vol. 3, no. 1 (Gambier, Ohio: Kenyon College)

"Wealth of Nations, The," Encyclopedia Americana, 30th ed., 1968

"United States Policy and the Meaning of Modernity," in American Foreign Policy and Reovlutionary Change, ed. Jack B. Gabbert (Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1968)

"Radicalism and its Roots," in Public Policy, Spring 1970, vol. XVIII, no. 3

"On Descartes' Discourse on Method," in Interpretation, Winter 1970, vol. 1, no. 2

"Against 'Alienation' in Political Discourse," in Alienation: Plight of Modern Man? Ed. W.C. Bier (New York: Fordham University Press, 1972)

"SMITH, Adam," in Encyclopedia Americana, 30th ed., 1968

"Commentary on 'Revolutions and Copernican Revolutions'" (Carl Cohen) in Science and Society, ed. N.H. Steneck (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1975)

"Strauss, Leo" in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

"Liberalism, Nature and Convention" in Independent Journal of Philosophy, 1983, vol. IV

"Liberalism, Self-Abnegation and Self-Assertion" in The Prospects of Liberalism, ed. Timothy Fuller (Colorado Springs: Colorado College Studies, No. 20, 1984)

"Activity, Philosophy and the Open Society" in Order, Freedom, and the Polity, ed. George W. Carey (Boston: University Press of America, 1986)

"On the Mutual Compatibility of Democracy and Marxian Socialism" in Social Philosophy and Policy, Spring 1986, volume 3, issue 2

"The Dramatic End of Plato's Socrates" in Interpretation, 1987, v. 14/2

"Religion, the Constitution, and the Enlightenment," in Understanding the United States Constitution, 1787-1987, ed. Timothy Fuller (Colorado Springs: Colorado College Studies, No. 24, 1988)

"On Pleasure and the Human Good: Plato's Philebus," in Interpretation, 1990, v. 16/2

"The Whole as Setting for Man: On Plato's Timaeus," in Interpretation, 1990, v. 17/2

"Über die Alten and die Modernen," in Zur Diagnose der Moderne, ed. Heinrich Meier ( Munich/Zurich: Piper, 1990)

"On Ancients and Moderns," in Interpretation, 1990 v. 18/1 (see preceding item)

"Virtue and Knowledge: On the Protagoras," in Interpretation, 1991-92 v. 19/2

"The End of History in the Open-ended Age? The Life Expectancy of Self-evident Truth," in History and the Idea of Progress, eds. A. M. Melzer, J. Weinberger, M.R. Zinman (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1995)

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