"Human Dignity, Education, and Political Society" Conference

Friday, May 10, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CT)
Event Type
Special Event
Contact
Rose Mary Gallegos
210-436-3586
Department/Organization
Philosophy
Link
https://ems-app.stmarytx.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=74962

Human dignity is a term we employ to make sense of an order of rights and responsibilities, at the heart of which is the attempt to communicate the inviolable substance and intrinsic value of every person. A properly liberal education, attending to this inherent dignity, is itself essentially open to the unlimitedness of human experience, and the consequent drama of human existence.

This event will be a one-day colloquium with eight participants. It sets before itself a conversation about three interrelated topics: human dignity, education, and political society. The overarching question to be addressed in some way by each participant is “How is a liberal education suited to dignified political existence?”  
 

Sponsored by the St. Mary’s University Charles H. Miller Sr., M.D., Chair in Human Dignity, and the Center for Catholic Studies.

 

PROGRAM

9 to 10:45 a.m.                  

WELCOME REMARKS

 
THINKERS ON DIGNITY AND EDUCATION
“All Work and No Play Makes Socrates a Dull Boy: Leisure and Human Dignity in Ancient Greek Political Thought” 
by Rebecca LeMoine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University

 

“The Transformation of Dignity from Medieval to Modern Education” 
by Lee Trepanier, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Political Science, and Pre-Law Advisor, Saginaw Valley State University

 

“Dignity as Responsibility: Autonomy, Virtue and Education in Kant’s Political Thought” 
by Steven F. McGuire, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor for the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow for the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, Villanova University

 

11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.       

ISSUES IN HUMAN DIGNITY

“Childhood as the Paradigm for Political Education” 
by Carol B. Cooper, Ph.D., Lecturer of Political Science, University of Houston

 

“Human Dignity, Sexual Equality and the Education of Soul in Plato’s Republic” 
by Ann Ward, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Baylor University

 

“Identity Politics and Education” 
by Jeremy Seth Geddert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, Assumption College
 

2 to 3:45 p.m.

THE NEED FOR A PROPERLY LIBERAL EDUCATION

“Dignity, Equality and Liberal Arts Education” 
by Glenn Hughes, Ph.D., Chair in Catholic Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy, St. Mary’s University

 

“Liberal Arts and the Recovery of Personal and Political Existence” 
by James Greenaway Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy and Charles H. Miller Sr., M.D. Chair in Human Dignity, St. Mary’s University

 

3:45 to 4 p.m.
CLOSING REMARKS

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