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Omar Dahbour
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. (Philosophy) City University of New York; Ph.D. (History) University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Sovereignty, self-determination, and secession
  • Political violence, war, and revolution
  • Philosophy of history
  • Contemporary political philosophy (especially Arendt, Rawls, Habermas, Honneth)
  • Hegel (especially ethical and political theory)

Courses Recently Taught

  • Cosmopolitanism and Sovereignty (Fall 2014)
  • Philosophy of History (Spring 2013)
  • Hegelian Ethics (Fall 2011)

Representative Publications

Links to many recent publications can be accessed at

Self-Determination without Nationalism: A Theory of Postnational Sovereignty (Temple University Press, 2013; paperback 2014)

"National Rights, Minority Rights, and Ethnic Cleansing," in Grace Cheng (ed.), Nationalism and Human Rights (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

"Radical Approaches to Global Justice: Is There a New Paradigm?," Public Affairs Quarterly (2012)

"Nationalism, Self-Determination, and Secession," in Patrick Hayden (ed.), Ashgate Companion to Ethics and International Relations (2009)

"Hegemony and Rights: On the Liberal Justification for Empire," in Dawson/Schueller (eds.), Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism (Duke, 2007)

"Advocating Sovereignty in an Age of Globalization," Journal of Social Philosophy (2006)

"Three Models of Global Community," Journal of Ethics (2005)

"The Response to Terrorism: Moral Condemnation or Ethical Judgment?" Philosophical Forum (2005)

Illusion of the Peoples: A Critique of National Self-Determination (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)