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Nathan Dinneen

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-6373
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Nathan Dinneen

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, MA, University of North Texas; Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

585-475-6373

Areas of Expertise

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Journal Paper
Dinneen, Nathan. "The Corinthian Thesis: The Oratorical Origins of the Idea of the Balance of Power in Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon." International Studies Quarterly 62. 4 (2018): 857-866. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Ecological Scenario Planning and the Question of the Best Regime in the Political Theory of Hans Jonas." Environmental Politics 26. 5 (2017): 938-955. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "The Socratic Teaching of Constructivism: A Reading of Pangle and Ahrensdorf’s Justice Among Nations: On the Moral Basis of Power and Peace." Perspectives on Political Science 46. 3 (2017): 187-198. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Aristotle’s Political Economy: Three Waves of Interpretation." POLIS: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 26. 5 (2015): 938-955. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Hans Jonas's Noble 'Heuristics of Fear': Neither the Good Lie Nor the Terrible Truth." Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 10. 2 (2014): 1-21. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Progress or Return? Interpreting Leopold's 'Land Ethic' as an Evolutionary-Ecological Critique of Modernity." Environmental Politics 23. 4 (2014): 688-703. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Precautionary Discourse: Thinking Through the Distinction Between the Precautionary Principle and the Precautionary Approach in Theory and Practice." Politics and the Life Sciences 32. 1 (2013): 2-21. Print.
Published Review
Dinneen, Nathan. "Review Essay." Rev. of Leo Strauss on Science: Thoughts on the Relation between Natural Science and Political Philosophy, by Svetozar Minkov. Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 2017: 75-81. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. Rev. of Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis, by David Roochnik. Perspectives on Political Science 2014: 179-180. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Dinneen, Nathan. "The Corinthian Thesis: On the Oratorical Origins of the Idea of the Balance of Power in Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon." Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Cornell University. Ithaca, New York. 22 Sep. 2016. Conference Presentation.

Currently Teaching

POLS-215
3 Credits
This course examines the mutual influence of science, technology and global politics within the framework of international ethics. Contemporary debates around drones, climate change, cyber security, the Ebola pandemic, hydraulic fracturing, renewable energy, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and nuclear power reveal the field of International Relations must take scientific and technological developments more seriously. In order to comprehend the mutual influence of science, technology, and global politics, the course will examine the political project of the early moderns, who sought the removal of traditional, moral restraints on scientific and technological innovations, as well as the international efforts to regulate scientific and technological innovation beginning in the twentieth century and continuing to the present day.
POLS-285
3 Credits
This course examines environmental issues through a variety of political and ethical perspectives. The goal of the course is to understand how the meaning of political and ethical concepts (e.g., citizenship, justice, responsibility, security, sovereignty) have been broadened or reinterpreted in light of the ascendancy of environmentalism. For instance, the course will cover questions concerning whether environmentalism has encouraged a more precautionary sort of politics, especially in regard to agricultural biotechnology, along with how it has transformed the traditional military definition of security to include new notions such as climate or food security. To address these questions and issues, the course fosters an appreciation of the ethical reasoning of the interdisciplinary field known as political ecology. An emphasis on the ethical reasoning of political ecology will facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of environmental issues through unraveling the political forces at work in environmental change at both the global and local levels.

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