University of Nevada, Las Vegas: “Conserving Liberty: Natural Rights and the Virtue of Responsibility”
The Great Works Academic Certificate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will be hosting JMC faculty partner Mark Blitz for a lecture on the defense of natural rights:
The philosophical ground of the United States is in equal natural rights for all people. But how can we rationally defend the existence of those rights? What virtues of character and political practices are necessary to secure those rights? What difficulties do those practices face? In attempting to answer those questions, Professor Blitz will refer to the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, and current issues such as the place and limits of expertise in government.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 • 4:00 PM
John S. Wright Hall, Building C, 148 • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Free and open to the public
Mark Blitz is Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. He served during the Reagan Administration as associate director of the United States Information Agency and as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He has been vice president of the Hudson Institute and has taught political theory at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Reason and Politics: The Nature of Political Phenomena; Conserving Liberty; Plato’s Political Philosophy; Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life; Heidegger’s “Being and Time” and the Possibility of Political Philosophy; and is co-editor (with William Kristol) of Educating the Prince. He received his AB and PhD from Harvard University.
Professor Blitz is a JMC faculty partner.
The Great Works Academic Certificate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas provides students with an opportunity to take part in a conversation with some of the best thinkers of all time. The study of great works in philosophy, politics, literature, sciences, religion, and the fine arts encourages critical thinking. Such study confronts what it means to be human and thus immeasurably enhances a person’s daily life. The program also gives students who want to pursue graduate education early experience in grappling with original works of theory and literature such as they will inevitably encounter in graduate school.
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