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Charles Lesch

Graduate Student Affiliate


Charles Lesch

Charles Lesch is a PhD student in government at Harvard University. His work lies at the intersection of political theory, moral psychology, social theory, and the study of religion. His dissertation "The Ethical Commonwealth: Moral Community and the Politics of Solidarity" examines the normative foundations of political community, exploring how our aesthetic and non-rationalist experiences shape the way we view our ethical and political responsibilities. The historical dimensions of his research center around three areas: Continental philosophy from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century; Jewish social, legal, and political thought; and the concept of civil society. His article, “Against Politics: Walter Benjamin on Justice, Judaism, and the Possibility of Ethics,” appeared in American Political Science Review in February 2014.

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  • PhD Student in Government, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University