Michael J. White


Michael J. White’s work lies principally in the areas of history of philosophy, science and mathematics, especially during Greek and Roman antiquity, of formal logic, and of political philosophy and related areas of moral theory and jurisprudence. His recent interests include the history and theory of natural law and the interaction of this tradition with theology and with other jurisprudential traditions such as legal positivism. At the College of Law he teaches contemporary jurisprudence, Great Traditions in Jurisprudence (historical jurisprudence), and seminars on the natural law tradition, legal positivism, and other topics in jurisprudence.

White was formerly affiliated with the ASU Department of Philosophy, now housed in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, and joined the law faculty in 2004. He currently is affiliated with the history and philosophy of science program in ASU’s School of Life Sciences. He is the author of five books and the co-editor of a volume of philosophy essays, and has published more than 60 articles and chapters in scholarly publications.

In addition to his appointment at ASU, White has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Arizona, a fellow of the National Humanities Center, and the recipient of a research grant from the National Science Foundation.


Selected Works

Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction (Oneworld 2003).

Partisan or Neutral? The Futility of Public Political Philosophy (Rowman & Littlefield 1997).

Michael White & Patrick M. Brennan, The Disappearance of Natural Authority and the Elusiveness of Nonnatural Authority, in Civilizing Authority: Society, State and Church (Lexington Books 2007).


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Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University (1970)

M.A., Philosophy, University of California, San Diego (1972)

C.Phil., Philosophy, University of California, San Diego (1973)

Ph.D., Philosophy