Paul Weithman

Glynn Family Honors Professor of Philosophy

Paul Weithman

406 Malloy Hall and 309 O'Shaughnessy Hall



Ph.D. Harvard

Research Interest

Contemporary Political Philosophy, Ethics, Medieval Political Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae

Paul Weithman is the Glynn Family Honors Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Notre Dame, the university from which he received his B.A. in 1981. He earned his Master's and Ph.D. in philosophy at Harvard, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation under the direction of John Rawls and Judith Shklar. He joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in 1991.

Professor Weithman works primarily in political philosophy and its history.  His most recent book is Rawls, Political Liberalism and Reasonable Faith which collects some of his previously published essays on John Rawls.  His book Why Political Liberalism? won the David and Elaine Spitz Prize for the best book on liberal democratic theory published in 2010. Professor Weithman chaired the Philosophy Department between 2001 and 2007. He currently directs the interdisciplinary minor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). He has won a Kaneb Teaching Award, a Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Thomas P. Madden Award for the Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen.