Political Theory, Critical Theory, Simone Weil, Marxian Political Thought, Pessimism, Decolonial Theory
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 entitled Revolutionary Pessimism: Simone Weil on Politics. Additionally, Professor Ritner is writing several independent journal articles and book chapters on the politics of service labor, state theory, and philosophies of history. He is, currently, the Vice President of the American Weil Society.
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.
Professor Ritner is the College of Liberal Arts General Education Course Coordinator for Politics of Identity in America.
Professor Ritner was born and raised in Philadelphia, and is a huge Flyers and Phillies fan. When not teaching and researching, he enjoys hiking with his dog, riding bikes in the woods, listening to music, and cooking.
“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).
“Simone Weil’s heterodox Marxism: revolutionary pessimism and the politics of resistance,” in Simone Weil, Beyond Ideology, Sophie Bourgault and Julie Daigle eds. (New York; Palgrave MacMillan, Forthcoming: 2021).
POLSC 2496 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
POSLC 0832/0932 - Politics of Identity in America
POLSC 3422 - Marxism & Politics
POLSC 3452 - Theory & Uses of Power
POLSC 3450 - Special Topics Research Preparation Seminar: Protest Politics