Alan Patten

Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Politics
Vice Dean of the Faculty for Strategic Initiatives
Director, Program in Political Philosophy.
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Alan Patten, professor of politics, is the author of Hegel’s Idea of Freedom (1999), which won the APSA First Book Prize in Political Theory and the C. B. Macpherson Prize awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association. He is the coeditor, with Will Kymlicka, of Language Rights and Political Theory (2003). His articles include “Political Theory and Language Policy,” (Political Theory, 2001); “Democratic Secession from a Multinational State,” (Ethics, 2002); “Liberal Neutrality and Language Polic,” (Philosophy & Public Affairs, 2003); and “Humanist Roots of Linguistic Nationalism,” (History of Political Thought, 2006). He is currently completing a book titled Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Cultural Rights. He has a longer-term project underway on nationalism and the history of political thought. Patten is also the editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs.