Ryan P. Hanley, Ph.D.

Ryan Patrick Hanley
Ryan P. Hanley, Ph.D.Marquette University

Wehr Physics Hall, 419

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3420
Curriculum Vitae

Mellon Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Political Science

Prof. Hanley received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and his Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Marquette he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center.

His research in the history of political philosophy focuses on the Enlightenment. He is the author of Love's Enlightenment: Rethinking Charity in Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and his edited volumes include Adam Smith: His Life, Thought and Legacy(Princeton University Press, 2016), the Penguin Classics edition of Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments (Penguin, 2010), and with Darrin M. McMahon, The Enlightenment: Critical Concepts in History, 5 vols. (Routledge, 2010). His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, Review of Politics, Social Philosophy & Policy, History of Political Thought, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Revue internationale de philosophie, and Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. He is also the recipient of Fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Arête Initiative, and past president of the International Adam Smith Society. He is currently completing two projects: a monograph on the political philosophy of Fénelon, and a volume of translations of Fénelon’s moral and political writings.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2002

Courses Taught

  • POSC 2801 Justice and Power | Syllabus
  • POSC 4841 Enlightenment Political Thought | Syllabus
  • POSC 4861 Political Philosophy of Capitalism | Syllabus
  • POSC 4871 Politics of Literature | Syllabus
  • POSC 4881 Postmodern Politics | Syllabus
  • POSC 4931 Love and Wisdom: Ancient Conceptions | Syllabus



Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • "Fénelon’s Telemachus," in Ten Neglected Classic Texts in the History of Philosophy, ed. Eric Schliesser (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 26-54.
  • "Adam Smith on Living a Life," in Adam Smith: His Life, Thought, and Legacy, ed. Hanley (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016), 123-37.
  • "Hume and Smith on Moral Philosophy," in Oxford Handbook of David Hume, ed. Paul Russell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 123-37.
  • "Adam Smith: History and Impartiality" (with Aaron Garrett), in The Scottish Enlightenment, ed. Aaron Garrett and James Harris, vol. 2 of the Oxford History of Scottish Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 239-82.
  • “The Eighteenth-Century Context of Sympathy from Spinoza to Kant,” in Sympathy, ed. Eric Schliesser (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 171-98.
  • "Pitié développée: aspects éthiques et épistémiques," in Philosophie de Rousseau, ed. Blaise Bachofen, Bruno Bernardi, André Charrak, and Florent Guénard (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014), 305-318.
  • "Rousseau," in Routledge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Philosophy, ed. Aaron Garrett (London: Routledge, 2014), 801-811.
  • "Smith and Virtue," in Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith, ed. Christopher Berry, Maria Paganelli and Craig Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 219-40.
  • "Hume's Critique and Defense of Religion," in Enlightenment and Secularism, ed. Christopher Nadon (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), 89-101.
  • "Political Economy and Individual Liberty," in The Challenge of Rousseau, ed. Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 34-56.
  • "Skepticism and Imagination: Smith's Response to Hume's Dialogues," in New Essays on Adam Smith’s Moral Philosophy, ed. Wade L. Robison and David B. Suits (Rochester: RIT Press, 2012), 173-93.
  • "Skepticism and Naturalism in Adam Smith," in The Philosophy of Adam Smith, ed. Vivienne Brown and Samuel Fleischacker (London: Routledge, 2010), 198-212.

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