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Justin Holt


Part-time Faculty
B.A. Liberal Arts, Evergreen State College, 1997
M.A. Philosophy, New School for Social Research, 2002
Ph.D. Philosophy, New School for Social Research, 2007

Justin Holt's research interests include distributive justice, social policy, political economy, and the welfare state. His first book Karl Marx's Philosophy of Nature, Action, and Society (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) examined how Marx's philosophy of nature shaped his critique of capitalism. His next book The Social Thought of Karl Marx (Sage, 2014) will be an introduction to Marx's ideas for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in philosophy and the social sciences. He has also published articles on John Rawls and G.A. Cohen. His current project is focused on integrating philosophic and social scientific approaches to the topics of inequality, unemployment, poverty, political friendship, environmental decay, and economic democracy. He teaches courses on the history of social and political philosophy, problems of distribution, philosophy of economics, and theories of the welfare state.


Professor Justin Holt's book, The Social Thought of Karl Marx, was published by Sage Publications in June of 2014. Professor Holt presented his paper “Does Marx’s Work Contain a Liberal Concept of the Good?” at the Left Forum, in June 2013, held at Pace University.  


Contact Information

Justin Holt

Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 429
(212) 998-7314
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Office Hours
Friday 6:30-7:30


2015 Winter

Justice, Tragedy and Philosophy: Politics in Ancient Greece
Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

2015 Spring

Moral Behavior: Sentiment, Evolution, and Psychology
Fri 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Spring

The Philosophy and Welfare Politics of Distributional Justice
Fri 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Fall

The Social Contract: Early Modern European Political Theory
Fri 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2013 Spring

Hegel: Spirit, History and Forgiveness
Fri 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

ethics; social and political philosophy; political economy; German Idealism; history of metaphysics and epistemology; philosophy of science; theories and history of the welfare state; philosophy of law

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