David D. Corey, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Philosophy in the Honors Program, Baylor University

Dr. Corey is a professor of Political Science focusing on political philosophy in the Honors Program at Baylor University.  He is also an affiliated member of the departments of Philosophy and Political Science.  He was an undergraduate at Oberlin, where he earned a BA in Classics from the College and a BMus in music from the Conservatory.  He studied law and jurisprudence at Old College, Edinburgh before taking up graduate work in political philosophy at Louisiana State University, home of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, where he earned his MA and PhD working closely with Cecil Eubanks, Ellis Sandoz and Jim Stoner. 

While in graduate school, he won a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellowship (DAAD) for Research in Germany.  He spent the 2000-2001 academic year at the Universität Heidelberg, studying German and writing a dissertation on the Greek Sophists.

Dr. Corey joined the Baylor faculty in 2002. He was the recipient in 2008 and again in 2018 of Baylor’s Outstanding Teaching Award; and he has twice been named Faculty Member of the Year by Baylor's Student Government. In 2010 he held the Bell Distinguished Visiting Professor Chair at the University of Tulsa, where he delivered the annual Bell Lecture on the western just war tradition.

He is the author of two books, The Just War Tradition (with J. Daryl Charles) (2012) and The Sophists in Plato’s Dialogues (2015).  He has written more than two dozen articles and book chapters in such venues as the Review of Politics, History of Political Thought, Modern Age, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, and the Cambridge Dictionary of Political Thought. 

His current projects, Rethinking American Politics, and Liberalism & The Modern Quest for Freedom,  examine the loss of healthy political association in the United States and offer strategies for reform. 

Dr. Corey is closely affiliated with a number of institutes.  He is a Faculty Associate at the John Jay Institute, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion, and a frequent seminar leader at the Witherspoon Institute and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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