Erin Dolgoy & Kimberly Hurd Hale: Political Theory on Death and Dying

Political Theory on Death and Dying

Edited by Erin A. Dolgoy, Kimberly Hurd Hale, and Bruce Peabody


Along with Bruce Peabody, JMC fellows Erin Dolgoy and Kimberly Hurd Hale have co-edited a volume of scholarship, research, and debates on the political and social implications of death and dying:

Political Theory on Death and Dying provides a comprehensive, encyclopedic review that compiles and curates the latest scholarship, research, and debates on the political and social implications of death and dying.

Adopting an easy-to-follow chronological and multi-disciplinary approach on 45 canonical figures and thinkers, leading scholars from a diverse range of fields, including political science, philosophy, and English, discuss each thinker’s ethical and philosophical accounts on mortality and death. Each chapter focuses on a single established figure in political philosophy, as well as religious and literary thinkers, covering classical to contemporary thought on death. Through this approach, the chapters are designed to stand alone, allowing the reader to study every entry in isolation and with greater depth, as well as trace how thinkers are influenced by their predecessors.

A key contribution to the field, Political Theory on Death and Dying provides an excellent overview for students and researchers who study philosophy of death, the history of political thought, and political philosophy.

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Erin DolgoyErin A. Dolgoy is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She teaches in the Political Science Department, the Search Program, and has contributed to the Program in Political Economy. This past semester she taught in Rhodes’ Liberal Arts in Prison Program. Her research in political theory and the politics of the United States examines questions that concern knowledge, science, government, and society. Professor Dolgoy holds a PHD and MA from Michigan State University in Political Science, an MA from the University of Alberta, and an HBA from the University of Toronto. 

Professor Dolgoy is a JMC fellow.

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Jonathan DoeKimberly Hurd Hale is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Coastal Carolina University. Her primary research and teaching interests are classical political philosophy, early-modern political philosophy, American politics, American political thought, politics and technology, and politics, literature, and film. She is the author of Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis in the Foundation of Modern Political Thought (2013: Lexington Books) and The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film (2016: Lexington Books).

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