Dialogue or Dialectic: Augustine and Political Theory

Monday, April 16, 2018 (All day)

Peter Busch, Lawrence C. Gallen Fellow in the Humanities, Villanova University; Kody Cooper, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Service, University of TenneseeEric Gregory, Professor of Religion, Princeton University; Boleslaw Z. Kabala, 2017-18 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Associate, James Madison Program, Princeton University; Mary M. Keys, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre DameMichael LambUniversity Scholar in Residence, Wake Forest University; Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas State University; Nathan Pinkoski, 2017-18 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Associate, James Madison Program, Princeton University; Veronica Roberts, Assistant Professor of PhilosophyAssumption CollegeDaniel Strand, Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Political Thought and Leadership, Arizona State UniversityPaul WeithmanGlynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor of Philosophy​, University of Notre Dame 


How does Augustine shape our understanding of political theory? Does he contribute, as Hannah Arendt believes, to a loss of authentic politics, or can he actually help us recover a genuine politics of deliberation? How does Augustine help us understand the origins of religious violence in modern and post-modern conditions? Does he contribute to or challenge prevailing conceptions of republicanism and liberalism? More broadly, this workshop investigates whether political theory is best served by seeing Augustine as a protagonist or antagonist to the dominant paradigms in political theory.  The workshop explores these topics to sharpen our understanding of Augustine's place in political theory. 



Prospect House Presidential Dining Room

Cosponsored by:

  • University Center for Human Values