Carthage College: Rousseau’s Gentle Madames and How Love Will Save Us All

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Allan Ramsay

Abraham Lincoln Forum for the Liberal Arts: “Rousseau’s Gentle Madames and How Love Will Save Us All”


On March 19, 2020, the Abraham Lincoln Forum for the Liberal Arts at Carthage College, a new JMC partner program, will be hosting JMC fellow Andrea Kowalchuk for a lecture on women in the political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

Against the spirit of his time, Jean-Jacques Rousseau fought the idea that self-interest could be a stable ground for a new political order. Affection, he reasoned, is what binds men to their communities and countries. But this affection cannot be generated; it can only be extended from one’s family to wider spheres. Family, then, is the foundational political unit, and woman its essential guardian.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 • 4:15 PM
Niemann Media Theater • Carthage College

Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

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Andrea KowalchukAndrea Kowalchuk is an Instructor at the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She studied philosophy, literature, and politics in Texas and Canada, focusing in particular on questions surrounding the common good, civic education and liberal education and her research is focused on questions surrounding the common good, justice, the regime, and education in the history of political thought. Dr. Kowalchuk’s current work explores the differences between political virtue and genuine virtue, civic education and philosophic education in the political-ethical thought of Aristotle.

Dr. Kowalchuk is a JMC fellow.

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The Abraham Lincoln Forum for the Liberal Arts at Carthage College, a new JMC partner program, advances the contemplation, understanding, and practice of intellectual freedom. The program supports intellectual freedom in the liberal arts, recruits and mentors promising students, and engages the broader community through the Hannibal Lecture Series, seminars on foundational texts, and undergraduate research programs. The Forum also awards the Lincoln Intellectual Freedom Prize to honor a thinker who exemplifies the ideal of the liberal arts: emancipated thinking. In conjunction with the prize, the Lincoln Forum will hold a conference to consider the questions, rewards, and dangers that attend genuine intellectual freedom.

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