James Bernard Murphy

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Government

  • Director, Daniel Webster Project

  • Faculty Director, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

My scholarship ranges from political economy, jurisprudence, and ethics to political philosophy, political theology, and biblical ethics. I teach courses about "Prophets on Trial," "Utopia and Its Critics, "Foundations of Political Thought," "Jurisprudence," and "The Ethics of War and Peace."

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(603) 646-2862
Silsby, Room 206
HB 6108


  • B.A. Yale University
  • M.C.P. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. Yale University

Selected Publications

  • Haunted by Paradise: A Philosopher's Quest for Biblical Answers to Key Moral Questions (Cascade Publishers, forthcoming 2021).

  • Your Whole Life: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).

  • How to Think Politically: Sages, Scholars, and Statesmen Whose Ideas Have Shaped the World (with Graeme Garrard; Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019).

  • A Geneaology of Violence and Religion: René Girard in Dialogue  (Sussex Academic Press, 2018).

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Works In Progress

The Quest for Perfection: Deification in Greek Philosophy and in the Bible