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Justin Holt

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-7772
1 Wash Pl, Room 431

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Friday 6:30-7:30 Holt, Justin-Office Hours

Justin Holt's research interests include distributive justice, social policy, political economy, and the welfare state. His second book The Social Thought of Karl Marx (Sage, 2014) is 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, social scarcity, political friendship, environmental decay, and economic democracy. He teaches courses on the history of social and political philosophy, history of moral philosophy, problems of distribution, philosophy of economics, and theories of the welfare state. Examples of his work are available at:

Teaching and Research 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

Justin Holt


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

Recent News

Professor Holt presented the paper “Does Distributive Justice Require the Participation of the Advantaged? Redistribution Versus Asset Creation” at the South Carolina Society of Philosophy Conference, held at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, in March 2015.  

Professor 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.  


2016 Winter

The Social Contract: Early Modern European Political Theory

2016 Spring

The Philosophy and Welfare Politics of Distributional Justice

2016 Fall

The Social Contract: Early Modern European Political Theory

2015 Spring

Moral Behavior: Sentiment, Evolution, and Psychology

2015 Winter

Justice, Tragedy and Philosophy: Politics in Ancient Greece