Lee Trepanier

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Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan where he teaches political philosophy, constitutional law, and American Politics. He is also the university's pre-law adviser and the author and editor of several books. He is a Board Member and editor of VoegelinView (2016-present) and the editor of Lexington Books series Politics, Literature, and Film (2013-present).

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Josef Pieper is best known in this country for his work, Leisure as the Basis of Culture, and its companion essay, The Philosophical Act, published as one book in 1952. In this book, Pieper’s argument is seemingly straight-forward: culture depends upon leisure, and leisure, in its turn, depends upon the cult of divine worship. For Pieper, the cult is the…

Every few years a slew of books appear decrying the demise of liberal education in the United States. The latest bunch includes Fareed Zakaria's In Defense of a Liberal Education, Michael S. Roth's Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, William Deresiewicz's Excellent Sheep, Andrew Delbanco's College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, Martha C. Nussbaum's Not For Profit,…

Mormon Scholarship
The obstacles confronting one to write about Mormon culture, specifically its religion and its relationship to liberal democracy are enormous: the conceptualization of liberal democracy and Mormon culture, the unique origins and nature of the Mormon religion, and the either adversarial and conspiratorial or apologetic and self-congratulatory accounts of Mormon history. These difficulties are compounded by the fact that…
Cornel West

Prominent American scholar and public intellectual, West is best known for his works on race, religion, and politics in America.  An American Book Award recipient, West serves as co-chair for the National Parenting Organization’s Task Force on Parent Empowerment and has been a long-time member of the Democratic Socialists of America.  He also was a participant of President Clinton’s National…
Norman Thomas

A former Presbyterian pastor, Norman Thomas was a leading public activist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party.  His convictions were influenced by the Social Gospel movement, Marxist writings, and the anarchism; and crystallized into a secularized version of Christian moral perfectionism while tempered by American pragmatism and practicability.  Although he resigned from the Presbyterian Church after his…
Martin Marty

Minister, professor, administrator, and editor but probably best known as a cultural historian of modern Christianity, Martin has examined the intersection of religion and politics in America in several prominent works.  Ordained in 1952 as a pastor in the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, Martin is also a distinguished emeritus professor at the University of Chicago, serves as senior…

The Protestant Reformation has been cited by scholars of European history as contributing to the rise of nationalism, individualism, capitalism, and secularism but not to the development of law, institutions, and legal science (23).1 Contrary to the current scholarship, Berman contended that these phenomena—nationalism, individualism, capitalism, and secularism—emerged after the decline of Protestant (and Roman Catholic) Christianity in the nineteenth…

This is the final of a series of essays that have explored what prominent thinkers and philosophers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles in our society. This essay was originally published in Front Porch Republic on July 25, 2016.
 
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This is the ninth of a series of essays that will explore what prominent thinkers and philosophers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles in our society. This essay was originally published in Front Porch Republic on April 27, 2016.

 
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John Locke

This is the eighth of a series of essays that will explore what prominent thinkers and philosophers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles in our society. This essay was originally published in Front Porch Republic on December 8, 2015.
 
One of the…