L. Joseph Hebert


Teaches political philosophy, constitutional law, and American government with an emphasis on theories of virtue and their application to law and political leadership.

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Education and Training

  • PhD, MA, University of Toronto, Political Science
  • BA, University of Maine, Philosophy

I choose to study political philosophy because it enables me to grow constantly in understanding of myself and the world in which I live. It also allows me to share this journey with others in and outside the classroom!

Dr. Hebert, on why he wanted to study political science


"The Reward of a King: Machiavelli, Aquinas, and Shakespeare's Richard III," Perspectives on Political Science (Volume 44:4, 2015).

"When Vice Makes Mercy: Socratic, Christian, and Machiavellian Humanism in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure," in In Search of Humanity: Essays in Honor of Clifford Orwin, Lexington Books, 2015.

"Be Still and See: Leisure, Labor, and Human Dignity in Josef Pieper and John Paul II," Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture (Volume 16:2, 2013).

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Courses Taught

PSCI 101 American Government
PSCI 110 Law and Society
PSCI 120 Truth, Justice, and Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
PSCI 304 The United States Constitution and Civil Liberties
PSCI 310 Virtue and Political Leadership
PSCI 320 Natural Law, Natural Rights, and the Common Good
PSCI 399 Special Topics: Shakespeare's Political Thought
PSCI 400 Research in Political Science
2017 Summer Research Institute: Political Philosophy and the Transformation of the Polis


L. Joseph Hebert

Political Science
Folwell Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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