American University: What Went Wrong with Modernity?

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Political Theory Institute: “What Went Wrong with Modernity?”


The Political Theory Institute at American University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting French historian and philosopher Remi Brague to speak on the topic, “What Went Wrong with Modernity?”

Monday, March 23, 2020 • 5:30 PM
McDowell Formal Lounge • American University

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Remi Brague is Professor Emeritus of Medieval and Arabic Philosophy at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. An intellectual historian and philosopher, Professor Brague is an expert on the intellectual culture surrounding Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. His writings and studies have centered around the Western tradition and how it has progressed from the ancient world to modernity. The author of several books and articles, Professor Brague’s latest book is Curing Mad Truths: Medieval Wisdom for the Modern Age (Notre Dame, 2019).

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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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