Sheldon S. Wolin

Sheldon S. Wolin (born August 4, 1922) is an American political philosopher and writer on contemporary politics. Wolin is currently Professor of Politics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, where he taught from 1973 to 1987. During a teaching career which spanned over forty years Wolin also taught at Oxford University, Oberlin College, Cornell University, UCLA, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Santa Cruz. During this time he mentored many graduate students who would become leading political theorists, such as Cornel West, Wendy Brown (who dedicated her famous book States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity to him), and Hanna Fenichel Pitkin. He was also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. A critic of contemporary American politics, Wolin is known for coining the term inverted totalitarianism. His most famous work is Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought. Continue Reading »

Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

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