Villanova: Augustine and Winston Churchill on Friendship

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Matthew J. Ryan Center: “Augustine and Winston Churchill on Friendship”


The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting John von Heyking for two public lectures about friendship. The first lecture, on October 28, “Augustine on Friendship,” will serve as the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program’s annual Augustine Lecture. The other, on October 29, “Winston Churchill on Friendship,” will examine a more recent view of friendship from Sir Winston Churchill.

Monday, October 28, 2019 & Tuesday, October 29, 2019 • 4:30 PM
Villanova University

Free and open to the public

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John von Heyking is the Acting Chairperson and Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. His main area of research and teaching is political philosophy. Professor von Heyking is currently working on a multivolume project on friendship and politics and is the author of The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016), Comprehensive Judgment and Absolute Selflessness: Winston Churchill on Politics as Friendship (St. Augustine’s Press, 2018), and Abraham Lincoln on Politics as Friendship (St. Augustine’s Press, forthcoming).

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The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. Central concerns of the Center include the inalienable rights of all humanity, the principles of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism, the nature and preservation of free political institutions, and the application of principles of the American founding and Constitution to contemporary issues.

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