May 16, 2001
Nine of the nation’s eminent philosophers and legal scholars will gather at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law May 15 and 16 for a conference examining public reason, the discourse used to debate political issues and convictions in a democracy.
“Idea of Public Reason: Achievement or Failure?” will be held in the law school’s William J. Byron, S.J., Auditorium. The program, which is co-sponsored by the law school’s Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion and the CUA School of Philosophy, begins Tuesday, May 15, at 8 a.m. and concludes Wednesday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m.
Conference participants include a number of notable scholars who will speak on how a stable, free and just society can be profoundly divided by reasonable yet contradictory values about religion, philosophy and moral principles. Speakers include: William A. Galston, University of Maryland; Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University School of Law; John Haldane, University of St. Andrews; Michael W. McConnell, University of Utah College of Law; Michael J. Perry, Wake Forest University; Jeremy J. Waldron, Columbia University School of Law; Paul Weithman, University of Notre Dame and Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School. E.J. Dionne Jr., senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for The Washington Post, will deliver the keynote address at dinner on May 15.
Please visit http://law.cua.edu/PublicReason/introduction.shtm for more information.
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