Political Theory, Critical Theory, Simone Weil, Marxian Political Thought, Political Philosophy, Political Theology
Professor Ritner’s research focuses on the critique of social oppression in its various contemporary forms. His scholarship is methodologically rooted in critical theory and Marxian political thought. His current work focuses on the writings of the 20th Century French radical philosopher and mystic Simone Weil. He is currently developing a book manuscript on Weil’s thought, entitled Revolutionary Pessimism: Simone Weil on Politics. Additionally, Professor Ritner is writing several independent journal articles and book chapters on the politics of listening, refugee subjectivities, precarious labor, and Simone Weil’s relationships to Marxism and feminism.
Professor Ritner teaches courses in political theory including Marxism, identity politics, women’s political thought, Jewish political thought, and politics & literature, and comparative politics.
Scott B. Ritner received his B.A. in Government and International Relations from Clark University (2005), an M.A. in Russian Studies from the European University of Saint-Petersburg (2006), and his Ph.D. in Politics from The New School for Social Research (2018). He joined the Department of Political Science at Temple in 2018, after holding teaching positions at Clark University and Hunter College (CUNY). He is a native Philadelphian, and was an early adopter of Gritty both as the Flyers’ mascot and as a symbol of the antifascist left.
“The Training of the Soul: Simone Weil’s Dialectical Disciplinary Paradigm, A Reading alongside Michel Foucault,” in A. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone ed. Simone Weil and Continental Philosophy, 195-212 (New York, NY; Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).
“Judith Butler’s Critique of Zionism: Jewishness, Divine Law, and Divine Violence,” The Queens College Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. XV, 141-150 (Queens, NY; Queens College, Spring 2013).