Armando Jose Perez-Gea

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Graduate School Student


115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall


I’m pursuing a combined PhD in Political Science and Philosophy, with a focus on political philosophy, political economy, and ethics. My formal training has been the PhD programs in Political Science (entire program), Philosophy (entire program), and Economics (first year and one second year specialization); as well as three semesters worth of Divinity School courses and two semesters worth of Law School courses.

My research interests revolve around Aristotelian normative thought and the formal aspects of institutions.
The center of these research interests is an Aristotelian alternative to the dominant Weberian (monopoly of legitimate violence) theory of the state. This Aristotelian alternative builds on three distinct, but interconnected, lines of argument. The first of the three (Chapters 1 and 2) is an argument for the public sphere as the place where honor (understood as living a life worth remembering) is present. Hence the public sphere provides for three virtues that are unique to the state: magnificence, magnanimity, and love of honor. The second (Chapters 3 and 4) is an argument for republican rule (understood as the self-rule of free and equal people as a collective) as distinctive of the state. This is built on a context where republican rule is one of several kinds of rule or governance (each of which can be exercised properly by the state). The third line of argument (Chapter 5) is an argument about the state’s dependence on a rich underlying fabric of social relations, which I call (following Aristotle) the ‘self-sufficient association’..
Apart from the Aristotelian theory of the state research agenda, I am starting to develop two other research agendas: one on Aristotelian normative thought and the other on the formal aspects of institutions.
The Aristotelian normative thought research agenda is about vice and viciousness. In particular the characteristics proper to viciousness as a character-type distinct from merely having vices (vice-ridden).
The institutional research agenda is about the incentives faced by Supreme Court justices based on different institutional designs. In particular the different effects of life-tenure versus term-limits, focusing on a comparative analysis of US and Mexico.

Before coming to Yale, I was a lecturer at ITAM’s economics department and a researcher at CNA Education. My previous studies were at Stanford, where I completed an MA in philosophy and undergrad programs in political science, economics, and public policy.

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Fields of Interest: 
Political Theory