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May 16, 2001


Scholars and Other Experts to Discuss Public Reason at CUA

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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