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Preston KingPreston King

Born in Albany Georgia, Preston King earned a Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa) from Fisk University, a Master of Science (Mark of Distinction) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the London School of Economics (University of London). He lived abroad for nearly forty years and was also educated at the Universities of Vienna, Strasbourg and Paris.

A distinguished professor of political science and philosophy, Dr. King concurrently holds visiting appointments at Morehouse College (Atlanta), and the University of East Anglia (UK).  He is Professor Emeritus at Lancaster University.  In 2007, he served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of political science at Fisk University (2006) and at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia (2007). Dr King held Chairs at the University of Nairobi (1972-76), the University of New South Wales (1976-86) in Sydney, Australia and at Lancaster University (1986-2001) in the Lake District (UK). In addition, he has held visiting professorships at McGill University (Montreal), ANU (Australian National University in Canberra), LSE (The London School of Economics), IRIC (l’Institut des Relations Internationales) in Yaoundé (Cameroon), University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji), and Emory University (Atlanta) and the Auckland University (New Zealand).

A distinguished scholar and researcher, Dr. King is Chair of the Political Philosophy Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and founder and co-editor of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP).

A prolific writer, he has authored many books including Fear of Power, The Ideology of Order, An African Winter, Toleration, Federalism and Federation and Thinking Past a Problem. He has also edited such books as The History of Ideas, The Challenge to Friendship in Modernity, Trust in Reason and Black Leaders and Ideologies in the South. His latest edited book, Friendship in Politics, appeared in 2007.

All of Dr. King’s work, taken as a whole, revolves round the theorization of politics, institutionally, logically and normatively. Out of this has emerged exploration of the increasingly ubiquitous notion of friendship, both in the ancient world and in modern politics and society. King theorizes that liberty is increasingly running into the sands of alienation, anomie and escalating social tension. He believes ideals of freedom (especially as non-oppression) and of entrepreneurialism (as sustained, local, and individual innovation) are indispensable. But he argues that there is now need to shift the post-modern paradigm more energetically in the direction of a friendship society - grounded in open discussion, extensive social tolerance, avoidance of dogma, social and environmental care, and more bottom-up (less top-down) modes of organization generally – as with ‘buddy-pairing’ in schools, extensive one-on-one mentoring for teens, more co-operative enterprises in banking and finance, far more worker representation in service and industry, and a diminished unilateralism in international affairs.

Dr. King is currently working on several projects. One of these is an illustrative work on appropriate method in writing the history of ideas. A second is a sustained philosophical analysis of the locus and role of friendship in post-modern society and polity. Presently, he is a visiting professor of political philosophy both in the Leadership Center, and in the department of Political Science, at Morehouse College in the Atlanta University complex.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead, and no man yet to be born can do it any better."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"A Dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope."

Howard Thurman

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is not what you keep, but what you give that makes you happy."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Howard Thurman

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"As we face the unpredictable future, have faith that man and God will assist us all the way."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"At the core of life is a hard purposefulness, a determination to live."

Howard Thurman

"Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for the least of these."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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