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David Sollenberger

David Sollenberger

Assistant Teaching Professor


B.A. (Secondary Education—Social Studies), Juniata College, 2010
M.A. (Politics—Political Theory) The Catholic University of America, 2013
Ph.D. (Politics—Political Theory) The Catholic University of America, 2018

Professional Bio

David works on American political philosophy, especially the impact on German Idealism and Romanticism on the Transcendentalists David's other interests include ethics, philosophy of law, pacifism, and the philosophical implications of digital technology. 


Areas of Specialization 

  • Social and Political Philosophy (esp. the 19th century)
  • American Philosophy (esp. Transcendentalism) 
  • American Political Philosophy

Recent Courses  

  • The Ethical Life 
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law 
  • Social and Political Philosophy 
  • Ethical Leadership 
  • Nineteenth Century Philosophy 
  • American Philosophy

Recent Publications  

  • Lincoln’s Romantic Political Thought: Feeling, Genius, and Authenticity.” The History of Political Thought as a Living Tradition. Edited by Aaron D. Hoffman. Lanham: Lexington Books. Forthcoming. 
  • “‘The central urge in every atom’: Whitman’s Atomism and Schelling’s Naturphilosophie.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 36, nos. 2/3 (Winter/Spring 2019): 1-31.

Current Projects 

  • People Just as Fathomless as Myself: Walt Whitman’s Personalism as Political Theory, Book manuscript. 
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