College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
International Studies

Harry Van der Linden

Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Phone: (317) 940-9976

Academic/Personal Focus

Butler Assignment

Van der Linden teaches courses in moral theory, applied ethics, international ethics, global justice, philosophy of law, the history of political philosophy, and contemporary social and political philosophy. His recent topical courses include "The Ethics of War and Peace" and seminars on Atrocity, Morality and Evil, and Expanding Circles of Responsibility.

Association Memberships

Van der Linden is the treasurer of the Radical Philosophy Association He is interested in supporting progressive causes both on and off campus and served for several years as president of the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center.

Education and Experience


State University of Utrecht, B.S.

State University of Groningen, The Netherlands, M.A.

Washington University, Ph.D.


Taught at Colgate University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Van der Linden is the editor of Radical Philosophy Review. He has co-edited several books, including Rethinking the Just War Tradition and Philosophy Against Empire. He is the author of Kantian Ethics and Socialism, and his most recent research and publications are focused on the morality of warfare, covering such topics as preventative war, asymmetric warfare, and combatant's privilege, ad humanitarian intervention.