Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Core: Philosophical Perspectives
Rafeeq received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2012. His research focuses on two areas of inquiry: (1) the history of modern political philosophy and (2) contemporary political philosophy in the Rawlsian tradition. With respect to (1) he is interested in how to understand the relation between the autonomy of individuals and the flourishing of states, especially in figures like Rousseau, Kant, and Hegel. With respect to (2) he is interested in models of community consonant with late liberalism. Here he defends the idea that a liberal political order, properly understood, demands forms of ethical engagement on the part of its citizens that extend beyond mere respect for the rights of others and toward more robust forms of solidarity. Throughout his work he is oriented by the idea that historical inquiry ought to inform contemporary reflection and vice-versa, such that the division between (1) and (2) is artificial at best. In addition to revising his dissertation, Obligation and Happiness in Rousseau, into a book manuscript, he is currently working on papers on Kant’s argument for the duty to exit the state of nature and Rawls’s argument for the ‘congruence’ of the right and the good.