Mark Blitz of Claremont McKenna College will deliver a lecture, "Conserving Liberty: Natural Rights and the Virtue of Responsibility" at 4 p.m. Oct. 19.
You can attend in-person at Wright Hall, room C148, or online. Email David Fott for the link.
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, Blitz will refer to the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, and current issues such as the place and limits of expertise in government.
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 of Educating the Prince.
Funding for this lecture has been provided by a grant from the Jack Miller Center.