Armando Perez-Gea is a political theorist & philosopher whose research focuses on exploring Aristotle’s normative thought and contributing these insights to current debates, particularly those connected to institutional design. His main project is providing an Aristotelian response to the dominant theory of the state (where the state is the organization with the monopoly of legitimate violence). He is currently a Fellow to Diversify Teaching and Learning at Stanford University. He has a PhD in political science and philosophy and an MA in economics from Yale.

His primary research proposes an Aristotelian theory of the state, in which the state is an association built upon a self-sufficient association and has as its twin goals to create a public realm where honor (understood as the recognition of a life worth remembering) is visible and to exercise a type of authority which has as its standard non-domination (“republican rule”). Currently his focus is expanding this last claim about authority by exploring Aristotle's theory of arche/rule and engaging with the workplace democracy literature.

You can find him at the gym's weight room, walking around campus, and - like other Mexican-Americans - practicing his Spanish so that his grandmother (or abuela, as many movies like to call them) doesn't complain about his becoming less and less Mexican each day.

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Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Civic, Liberal, and Global Education