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Dr. Richard  Dagger
Dr. Richard Dagger
E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts, Emeritus
Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL)

Before arriving at the University of Richmond in 2010, Richard Dagger was on the faculty of Arizona State University and, from 2008-2010, Rhodes College, where he directed the interdisciplinary Search for Values program.

Grants and Fellowships
Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Fellow, Murphy Institute for Political Economy, Tulane University, 2005-2006.
David and Elaine Spitz Prize, Conference for the Study of Political Thought, 1999, for Civic Virtues: Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism.
Institutional Service
Boatwright Scholars Committee, 2011-.
Selected Publications

Playing Fair: Political Obligation and the Problems of Punishment, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 (Oxford Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy). 

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, with Terence Ball (Pearson, 2011, 8th ed.).

Civic Virtues: Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism (Oxford University Press, 1997).


"Political Obligation," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (revised 2014, with David Lefkowitz).

"Citizenship as Fairness: John Rawls's Conception of Civic Virtue," in A Companion to Rawls, ed. J. Mandle & D. Reidy (Wiley Blackwell, 2014).

"Social Contracts, Fair Play, and the Justification of Punishment," Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 8 (2011): 341-68.

"Republicanism and the Foundations of Criminal Law," in The Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law, ed. R. A. Duff & S. P. Green (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
B.A., University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Contact Information
202-H Weinstein Hall
804-366-9232 (Mobile)
Areas of Expertise
Political and legal philosophy, with special interests in republicanism, political obligation, and the justification of punishment