Lambek, Simon



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Political Theory


Margaret (Peggy) Kohn

Lambek, Simon


From Dissonance to Reflection: Toward a Theory of Rhetoric


Simon’s research lies at the intersection of critical, hermeneutic and democratic theory. His dissertation looks at the ways rhetoric works toshift the conditions of political possibility – what can and cannot be done and said politically – and explores how and in what ways rhetoric might prompt reflective judgment. Simon attends to the receptive effects of rhetoric; his dissertation proposes a typology of interpretive frames that audiences may be in when receiving rhetoric and considers how rhetoric may work to shift those frames. In so doing, Simon demarcates forms of rhetoric that do not simply persuade audiences to hold particular opinions, but rather persuade audiences into more critical reflection.

Simon has broad interests in contemporary as well as 19th and 20th century political theory.

Research Interests

Critical theory, Hermeneutic theory, Democratic theory, Judgment, Rhetoric, Deliberative democracy, Continental philosophy, Nietzsche.

Previous Degrees

B.A. (Hons), Political Science and International Development Studies, McGill University (2009)
M.A. Social Science, University of Chicago (2011)

Teaching Experience

Course Instructor for: POL381 – Topics in Political Theory: Contemporary Political Theory (2018)

Teaching Assistant for: POL200 – Political Theory (2018-2019); POL320 – Modern Political Thought (2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015, 2015-2016, 2017, 2017-2018); POLC79 – Feminist Political Thought (2017); POLB72 – Introduction to Political Theory (2016, 2018); POLB71 – Classic Texts in Political Theory II (2013); POL101 – Democracy, Dictatorship, War, and Peace: An Introduction (2012-2013)