I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utica University in Utica, NY, and Director of Utica’s Applied Ethics Institute. My research lies at the intersections of social, political, and legal philosophy, putting the metaphysics of race and gender into conversation with the conceptual analysis of the rule of law.

The Rule of Law in the Herrenvolk Republic

Contemporary republican theory often focuses on developing productive articulations of republican ideals: What does it mean to be free, to be equal, to be a citizen of a republic? In past research, I have contributed to this work by developing a conception of freedom as social recognition. To be free, I argue, is to enjoy the standing to demand recognition of one’s rights in the face of disrespect.

In new research, I develop resources for a non-ideal republicanism, oriented toward the evaluation of corrupt republics, and the cultivation of republican movements in unjust societies.



John Lawless
Department of Philosophy
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Rd.
Utica, NY 13502

jclawles [at] utica [dot] edu