Department Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Mail Stop: 1935
Office Hours: Spring 2013
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- POLS141/PHIL101 The Human Situation
- POLS 141 Contemporary Political Ideologies
Spring 2010 -Section 002 (Wednesday night)
Spring 2010-Secton 003 (Tues. & Thurs.)
- POLS 331 American Political Thought
- POLS 332 The Idea of America
- POLS 351 Constitutional Law
- POLS 441 Ancient Political Thought
Scott Yenor is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department. He teaches political science philosophy and has also published on a variety of subjects, including the Scottish Enlightenment, the philosophic status of revealed religion, American literature, and the family in modern political thought. Dr. Yenor is currently working on a manuscript on the place of family in modern political thought.
Dr. Yenor published his book Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought in 2011. Family Politics explores the treatment of the family in the philosophies of leading political thinkers of the modern world.
More of Dr. Yenor’s publications can be found on ScholarWorks.
Interview with Dr. J from The Ruth Institute
In the interview they discuss Dr. Yenor’s book Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought.
Beyond the Blue: Marriage and the Limits of Modern Political Thought
In this podcast, Dr. Yenor discusses how family and marriage are viewed through the prism of political and cultural beliefs. Many modern thinkers see marriage and family life as defined by the principle of consent and are not averse to reforming the family as part of their larger efforts to reform society. Others feel that these modern principles tend to be imperial and to cloud our vision to the detriment of marriage and family life. Consent is not adequate to explain most of the reality of marriage and family life, and there are important limits (including the nature of love and the importance of the body) on our ability to reform this central human institution.
Reader’s Corner: Interview with Boise State’s President Bob Kustra
In this 2007 interview Dr. Yenor discusses the state of civil education.
View Dr. Yenor’s family photos (PDF File)