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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

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-280
3 Credits
This course examines the political promises and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) through the consideration of the technological trajectories and possible scenarios of advanced AI. Possible discussion topics may include: The compatibility of AI with the political principles of liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness to understanding what an AI arms race between countries might entail. Domestically, will the prospect of greater job automation produce mass unemployment with severe consequences? Globally, will the weaponization of AI make going to war easier? Questions like these are inherently political and the movement toward greater AI capabilities raises the more general question of whether humanity will be able to regulate, both domestically and globally, a technology that promises to surpass all technology that has gone before it. This course will seek to anticipate and prepare for the risks that advanced AI poses to domestic and global politics. The goal will be to think about how advanced AI can be prudentially oriented toward beneficial practices for the sake of the political good.

Select Scholarship

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.