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New Podcast with Russell Hittinger on Jacques Maritain’s Defense of Liberty

In light of Liberty Fund’s republication of Jacques Maritain’s Scholasticism and Politics, I discuss with Russell Hittinger Maritain’s defense of liberty from his perspective of integral humanism. The idea forms the core of the text, which also provides a method for imagining an innovative response to soft-despotism.

According to Liberty Fund’s description, the book is a

a collection of nine lectures Maritain delivered at the University of Chicago in 1938. While the lectures address a variety of diverse topics, they explore three broad topics: 1) the nature of modern culture, its relationship to Christianity, and the origins of the crisis which has engulfed it; 2) the true nature and authentic foundations of human freedom and dignity and the threats posed to them by the various materialist and naturalistic philosophies that dominate the modern cultural scene; and 3) the principles that provide the authentic foundation of a social order in accord with human dignity. 

Enjoy!

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on March 05, 2012 at 17:18:31 pm

Josh,You might look into getting a hold of a copy of Abraham Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism. It is a seiers of lectures he gave at Princeton back in the early 20th Century on a Calvinistic view of a variety of topics, such as science and art. Kuyper regards Calvinism as the highest developed expression of the Reformation, and so if you're looking for some ideas about what art might look like, as a Protestant, Kuyper might have something for you. I'm embarrassed to say that I have not finished reading that lecture, despite several attempts. I always get side-tracked by something else!

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