Baylor Honors College Will Present Conference on Politics, Philosophy and Christianity

Sept. 23, 2011

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The Baylor University Honors College will host a conference, "The City and the Soul: Pierre Manent on Politics, Philosophy and Christianity," on Monday, Sept. 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, on the Baylor campus. The events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Daniel J, Mahoney, chair and professor political science at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., will lecture on "Communion and Consent: Pierre Manent on the Wellsprings of Western Liberty" at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Reading Room of Alexander Residence Hall on the Baylor campus.

Dr. Francis Russell Hittinger, William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., will lecture on "Polity in Catholic Social Doctrine: Some Recent Perplexities" at 7 p.m. Monday in the Alexander Reading Room.

A panel discussion will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Alexander Reading Room. Giulio De Ligio, adjunct professor at the University for Foreigners of Perugia in Italy; Dr. Peter Lawler, professor of government and international studies at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga.; Dr. V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.; and Dr. Ralph Hancock, professor of political science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; will discuss "The City and the Soul: Pierre Manent on Politics, Philosophy and Christianity."

Pierre Manent, director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, France, will speak on "Political Philosophy and Political History: Making Sense of the Western Dynamic" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Alexander Reading Room.

Manent, a leading figure in the French rediscovery of political philosophy in the 1970s and 1980s after the hegemony of Marxist currents of thought was broken, was born in Toulouse, France, in 1949 and is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superiere. He served as assistant to French philosopher Raymond Aron at the College de France and helped found the French quarterly, "Commentaire."

Manent's early writings such as, "Naissances de la politique modern," "Tocqueville and the Nature of Democracy" and "An Intellectual History of Liberalism," are important to the understanding of the political and theological origins of modern liberalism. His 1994 work, "The City of Man," explores modern political consciousness.

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by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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