American University: Philosophy, Politics, and Don Quixote

Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, Wilhelm Marstrand

Political Theory Institute: “Philosophy, Poetry, and Politics in Don Quixote


The Political Theory Institute at American University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Henry Higuera to speak on the ways that philosophy, poetry, and politics manifest in Don Quixote.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 • 5:30 PM
Kerwin, 301 • American University

Free and open to the public

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Henry Higuera is Professor Emeritus at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland. He has written extensively on politics and religion in Don Quixote. He is the author of Empire of Love: Politics and Christianity in Don Quixote (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995).

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The Political Theory Institute at American University’s School of Public Affairs encourages the serious study of the great questions of political theory and brings insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events. American University has a long tradition of vigorous political debate. Behind every serious political controversy, however, lies a disagreement about political principles, justice, what constitutes “the good life,” or fundamental assumptions about human nature. A thoughtful and morally serious engagement with the controversies of the day, therefore, requires serious reflection on the underlying questions of political theory.

Open to all ideas and perspectives, the Political Theory Institute promotes vigorous and thoughtful discussion and critical engagement by American University faculty, the national and international political theory community, and policy makers with the problems confronting liberal democracies. It supports scholarship that informs and enriches the larger conversation about political ideas. Above all, the Political Theory Institute fosters a spirit of enlightened citizenship—at once thoughtful and engaged—that takes intellectual disagreements seriously without being ideological.

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