Clifford Orwin is professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Toronto with main research interests in ancient, modern, contemporary and Jewish political thought. Ongoing research and teaching affiliations take place with the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and the Tikvah Project in Jewish Thought at Princeton University. He is publishing recent and forthcoming articles on the Book of Esther, Herodotus, Thucydides, Montesquieu, Rousseau and a Platonic critique of Rousseau, Churchill, and the thought of Barack Obama. His recent book projects will deal with the role of compassion in modern political thought and practice, with Esther, and with Herodotus.

During his fellowship at Topoi Clifford Orwin contributes to the research of (B-1) Routes – Water – Knowledge focusing on “Thucydides and his conceptions of Political Order” in close cooperation with the newly founded Berlin Thucydides Center (Head: Christian Wendt).


Further Activities

Fellow of St. Michael’s College and Senior Fellow of Massey College

Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Member of the Boyd C. and Jill Smith Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society, Hoover Institution of Stanford University