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J. Judd OwenAssociate Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1998
  • M.A., University of Toronto, 1992
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1990



 J. Judd Owen’s current research interests are Enlightenment and classical political philosophy.  His most recent works are “John Locke’s Revolution in the Law of Fashion” and “Hobbes’s State of Nature as Rationalist Myth.”  He is currently writing a book entitled Are We Prepared to Study Aristotle’s Politics?, which situates Aristotle’s political philosophy in the context of his natural science as a whole.

He is the author of Religion and the Demise of Liberal Rationalism: The Foundational Crisis of the Separation of Church and State (Chicago, 2001) and Making Religion Safe for Democracy: Transformation from Hobbes to Tocqueville (Cambridge, 2015), and co-editor of Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia, 2011). 

He is director of the Franklin Fellows Program, a selective great books program for Emory undergraduates (