Theodore M. Lechterman

Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Theory

Professional website of Theodore M. Lechterman, postdoctoral researcher in political theory.


I occasionally write pieces showing how perspectives from political theory and philosophy can help us navigate problems in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Here are some examples:

One Big Problem with How Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are Spending a Small Share of Their Fortune,” The Conversation, Sep. 19, 2018.

An Ethical Guide to Responsible Giving,” The Conversation, Nov. 28, 2017.

Why Harvey Weinstein Can’t Redeem Himself through Charity Alone,” The Conversation, Oct. 16, 2017.

What Jeff Bezos Gets Wrong (and Right) with his Populist Philanthropy,” The Conversation, June 26, 2017. (Republished by Salon, Business Insider, SFGate, and others.)

Is Populist Criticism of Philanthropy Justified?HistPhil, May 11, 2017.