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Peter Lindsay

Professor    ,

Ph.D. University of Toronto
MA University of Toronto
BA University of Colorado


Political Philosophy


Research Interests
Theories of ownership

Peter Lindsay is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy. He received his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before coming to Georgia State, he held positions at the University of Toronto, Harvard University and the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses on matters of economic justice, as well as pedagogy in higher education. He is the author of two books – Creative Individualism: The Democratic Vision of C. B. Macpherson and The Craft of University Teaching – and his scholarly articles have appeared in outlets such as the Contemporary Political Theory, Polity, Political Studies, History of Political Thought, PS: Policy and Politics. He has also written op-eds for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation and The Hill, where he is a Contributor. He is the co-founder and co-coordinator of the Georgia State University Prison Education Project. His work may be accessed at:



Lindsay, P. Ownership by Agreement (manuscript in progress)
Lindsay, P. 2018. The Craft of University Teaching (Toronto: University of Toronto Press)
Chronicle of Higher Education selected book in higher education
Promotional Videos: 1, 2, 3
Lindsay, P. 1996. Creative Individualism: The Democratic Vision of C. B. Macpherson (Albany: The State University of New York Press).

Journal articles & review essays
Lindsay, P. 2020. “Why outcomes matter: reclaiming distributive justice” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, (Volume 23, no. 4, 445-67).
Lindsay, P. 2019. “C. B. Macpherson: Philosopher or Radical Educator?” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, (Volume 49 Issue 4, 534-543)
Lindsay, P. 2018. “Re-envisioning Property” Contemporary Political Theory (Volume 17, no. 2 187–206)
Lindsay, P.  2016. “Looking Back (and Forward) on Rousseau’s Emile” Journal of Political Science Education (Volume 12, Issue 4)
Lindsay, P. 2015. “Polanyi, Hayek, and the Impossibility of Libertarian Ideal Theory” Polity (Volume 47, no. 3)
Winner of the 2016 Polity Prize as the best research article published in Polity in 2015
Lindsay, P. 2015. “The Trouble with Stereotypes: A Reply to Morris” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport (Volume 42 Issue 2)
Lindsay, P. 2015. “Ownership by Agreement.” Political Studies. (October, Volume 63, Issue 4)
Dangel H. and Lindsay, P. 2014. “What are our Students (Really) Telling Us?” Journal of Faculty Development (Volume 28, No. 2)
Lindsay, P. 2012. “Possessive Individualism at 50: Retrieving Macpherson’s Lost Legacy.” The Good Society (Volume 21, no. 1)
Lindsay, P. 2012. “Can We Own the Past? Cultural Artifacts as Public Goods” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (Volume 15, no. 1)
Lindsay, P. 2011. “Teaching Centers as Teaching Advocates” Journal on Centers of Teaching and Learning (Volume 3)
Lindsay, P. 2011. “Abstract Teaching for a Concrete World: A Lesson from Plato” PS: Political Science and Politics (Volume 44, no. 3)
Lindsay, P. 2008. “Representing Redskins: Professional Sports and the Ethics of Native American Team Names” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, (Volume 35, Issue 2)
Andrew, E. and Lindsay, P. 2008 “Are the Judgments of Conscience Unreasonable?” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (Volume 11, no. 2).
Reprinted in Young (ed.) 2008. Reasonableness in Liberal Political Philosophy, Young (ed.), (Routledge)
Lindsay, P. 2005.  “Exposing the Invisible Hand: The Roots of Laissez-faire’s Hidden Influence.” Polity (Volume 37, no. 3).
Lindsay, P. and Wellman, C. 2003. “Lincoln on Secession.” Social Theory and Practice (Volume 29, no.1).
Lindsay, P. 2002. “The ‘Disembodied Self’ in Contemporary Political Theory.” Philosophy and Social Criticism (Volume 28, no. 2).
Lindsay, P. 2000. “Overcoming False Dichotomies: Mill, Marx and the Welfare State.” History of Political Thought (Volume XXI, Issue 4)