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Mark Rigstad


Associate Professor
Director of the Center for Ethics
Office: 753 Mathematics and Science Center
Phone: (248) 370-2662
E-mail: [email protected]

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2001

Major Fields
Political philosophy, philosophy of international relations, philosophy of law, history of ethical and political thought (especially early modern)


"Putting the War Back in Just War Theory: A Critique of Examples," Ethical Perspectives, January 2017.

"Review: The Ethics of Preventative War, edited by Deen K. Chatterjee," Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 29, Issue 3, 2015. 

"The Right of Rebellion," The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Michael T. Gibbons (ed.), Blackwell, 2014.

"Counter-terrorism," The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Michael T. Gibbons (ed.), Blackwell, 2014.

"Deontology," The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Michael T. Gibbons (ed.), Blackwell, 2014.

"Republicanism and Geopolitical Domination," The Journal of Political Power, Volume 4, Issue 2, 2011.

"Review of Stephen Nathanson's Terrorism and the Ethics of War," Peace Review, 2011.

"Review of A. John Simmons' Political Philosophy," Teaching Philosophy, Volume 33, Number 2, 2010.

"The Bush Doctrine as Hegemonic Discourse Strategy," Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Volume 12, Number 3, 2009. Preprint version is here.

"Review of Ian Clark's International Legitimacy and World Society," Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 18 No. 10 (October, 2008) pp.948-951.

"The Senses of Terrorism," Review Journal of Political Philosophy, Volume 6, Part 1, 2008.

"Reclaiming Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Urban Environmental Reconstruction," Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship, Ram Vemuri ed. (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2008)

"Jus Ad Bellum After 9/11: A State of the Art Report," The International Political Theory Beacon, Volume 3, June 2007,

"The Grammars of Power: Between Contestation and Mediation," Theoria: Journal of Social and Political Theory, Number 111, December 2006.

"Moral Sense," in The Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, A. C. Grayling ed. (London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2006).

"Review of S. L. Hurley's Justice, Luck, and Knowledge," in Metapsychology, Volume 9, Number 34, August 2005.

JustWarTheory.com, an annotated aid to philosophical studies of warfare, since May 2004.

"The Grotian Moment: Natural Penal Rights and Republicanism," in Penal Practice and Culture, 1500-1900 : Punishing the English, Paul Griffiths & Simon Deveraux eds. (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003).

Scholarly Presentations

Discussant for panel presentations on “The Rights of States and Early Modern Jurisprudence,” Association for Political Theory, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN, October 15, 2011.

Discussant for panel presentations on "International Theories in the HIstory of Political Thought," Western Political Science Association, San Antonio, TX, April 23, 2011.

“Republicanism and Global Political Affairs,” Association for Political Theory, Reed College, Portland, OR, October 23, 2010.

“The Concept of Domination in Republican Political Theory,” International Political Science Association, Research Group on Power, Studiecentrum Soeterbeek, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands, April 20, 2010. (invited)

Discussant for panel presentations on “Membership and Exclusion,” Association for Political Theory, College Station, TX, October 24, 2009.

Discussant for panel presentations on “Interpreting Global Governance,” Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, March 21, 2009. (invited)

Discussant for panel presentations on “International Justice, Cosmopolitanism & Non-State Actors,” Association for Political Theory, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, scheduled for October 10, 2008.

“Pluralism and Solidarism in the Global War on Terror: Contemporary Reflections on Gentili and Grotius,” American Political Science Association annual meeting, Boston, MA, August 28, 2008. (refereed)

Discussant for Seaumus Miller’s ‘Terrorism & Counter-terrorism’,” 18th annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, San Antonio, TX, February 23, 2008. (invited)

“Military Privatization and Legitimate Authority,” Association for Political Theory, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, scheduled for October 11-14, 2007. (refereed)

“Just Causes, Proportionality, and Responsible Military Leadership,” 34th Annual Conference for Value Inquiry, Adrian College, MI, April 13, 2007. (refereed)

“Terrorism and Just Counter-terrorism,” Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor, Canada, November 1, 2006. (invited)

“Taking Dewey to the Streets: A Philosophy of Urban Environmental Education,” 32nd Annual Richard R. Baker Philosophy Colloquium, University of Dayton, OH, October 13, 2006. (refereed)

“The Meaning of ‘Terrorism’ and ‘Counter-terrorism’,” Iowa State University, Philosophy Department, Ames, IA, August 25, 2006. (invited)

“A Philosophy of Public Environmental Education,” Iowa State University, Bioethics Program, Ames, IA, August 24, 2006. (invited)

“The Meaning of ‘Terrorism’ and ‘Counter-terrorism’,” annual conference of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland, June 30, 2006. (refereed)

“Imagining Human Rights: A Pragmatic Approach,” Association for Political Theory, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, October 22, 2005. (refereed)

“The Moral Personality of States: A Critique,” 60 Years After Nuremberg: A Symposium in Honor of Jusice Robert Jackson, SUNY Fredonia & The Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, September 28, 2005. (refereed)

“Reclaiming Pragmatism as a Philosophy of Urban Environmental Reconstruction,” 4th annual conference on Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship, Oxford University, UK, July 6, 2005. (refereed)

“Personification in International Ethics and Law,” conference on The Barbarization of Warfare, History and Governance Research Institute, Wolverhampton University, UK, June 28, 2005. (refereed)

“Just and Unjust Counter-terrorism,” 22nd World Congress of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, University of Granada, Spain, May 28, 2005. (refereed)

“The Problem of the ‘Rogue State’,” International Political Science Association, Research Committee on Political Philosophy, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, April 29, 2005. (refereed)

“The Internal Morality of International Environmental Law,” 15th annual meeting of The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, San Antonio, TX, February 25th, 2005. (refereed)

“Adam Smith and the Taming of Resentment,” 9th annual conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Pamplona, Spain, August 5, 2004. (refereed panel)

“‘Though ye be angry, sin not’: Natural Law, Passion and Punishment from James Tyrrell to Adam Smith,” annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Portland, OR, March 13, 2004. (refereed panel)

“Mediating the Theoretical Discourse of Power,” Association for Political Theory inaugural conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, October 18 2003. (refereed)

“Shaftesbury’s Political Psychology: Republicanism and Just Resentments,” Southeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, March 1 2003. (refereed)

“Hobbes and Grotius: The Subjective Rights Schism,” Long Island Philosophical Society, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, April 27 2002. (refereed)

“Republican Conceptions of ‘Transcendental Justice’ from Milton to Shaftesbury,” Cross-Currents Conference on Crime and Punishment, University College, Cork, Ireland, May 5 2001. (refereed)

“Intergenerational Responsibility,” Environmental Values Conference, University College, Cork, Ireland, June 24 2000. (refereed)

“Natural Law and Republicanism,” Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, December 17 1999. (invited)

“The Philosophical Career of Stephen Toulmin,” Conference on Practical Reasoning, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, November 14 1998. (invited)

“The Natural Right to Punish from Grotius to Locke,” Claremont Graduate University Symposium on Natural Law, Claremont, CA, March 7 1998. (refereed)

“Towards a Critique of Penal Power,” Western Canadian Philosophical Association meeting, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, October 1997. (refereed) 

Department of Philosophy

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