"Shane D. Courtland is the director of the Center for Ethics and Public Policy and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Courtland earned a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 2001. He wrote his doctoral dissertation, “A Hobbesian Account of Public Reason,” under the supervision of Professor Eric Mack, receiving his doctorate from the Tulane University Department of Philosophy in 2008, and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tulane for 2008-2009. Dr. Courtland’s research interests include Ethics, Meta-ethics, Political Philosophy, Animal Rights, and Social Contract Theory.
With Gerald Gaus, he is the author of the entry on Liberalism in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. His reviews have appeared in Human Rights Review and Utilitas. His article, “Public Reason and the Hobbesian Dilemma,” appeared in Hobbes Studies in 2007."
Absolutism in the United States:
One of the talks I gave at UNO (2015)... this one was geared toward undergraduates, informal, and meant to be contentious enough to spark conversation.