Friday, October 08, 2010

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I hope you can come to this conference. Please share this announcement with your colleagues and students.

Thanks so much.

Peter Lawler (; 706-766-7137)


Sponsored by the Arete Initiative, University of Chicago

Descartes, Locke, and Darwin

Berry College, Mount Berry, GA

All events are free and open to all.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

11:00 Lecture (Evans Auditorium): On Descartes

Lecturer: Thomas Hibbs (Baylor University)

Response: Daniel Maher (Assumption College)

Response: Michael Papazian (Berry College)

Chair: Mark Boone (Berry College)

2:00 Panel (Evans Auditorium): Walker Percy on Science and the Soul

"Neither Cartesian Angel nor Darwinian Beast:

Walker Percy on Human Unsignifiability, Anxiety, and Virtue"

Nathan Carson (Baylor University)

"Losing Sight of Man: Tocqueville and Percy On the Fate of the Human Sciences"

Brian Smith (Montclair State University)

"Percy’s Alternative to Reductive Scientism In The Thanatos Syndrome"

Micah Mattix (Houston Baptist University)

"The Moviegoer’s Cartesian Theatre"

Woods Nash (University of Tennessee)

Discussant: David Ramsey (University of West Florida)

Chair: Tom Pope (Lee University)

4:00 Lecture (Evans Auditorium): On Darwin

Lecturer: Larry Arnhart (Northern Illinois University)

Response: Paul Seaton (St. Mary’s Seminary and University)

Chair: Steve Dilley (St. Edward’s University)

7:00 Lecture (Ford Dining Hall): On Locke

Lecturer: James Stoner (Louisiana State University)

Response: Sara Henary (James Madison Program)

Response: Lauren Hall (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Chair: Eric Sands (Berry College)

Friday, November 5, 2010

9:00 Panel (Evans Auditorium): Being More Cartesian than Descartes

"A Calvinist Critique of the Cartesian Self"

Matthew Sitman (University of Virginia)

"More Cartesian Than Descartes:

Tocqueville and Spinoza on Democracy and Pantheism"

Samuel Goldman (Harvard University)

"The Scientific Life as a Moral Life? Virtue and the Cartesian Scientist"

Tobin Craig (Michigan State University)

Discussant: Germaine Paulo Walsh (Texas Lutheran University)

Chair: Jocelyn Evans (University of West Florida)

10:30 Panel (Evans Auditorium): Tom Wolfe, Technology, and Greatness

"Tom Wolfe on Science and the Fate of the Human Soul"

Carol McNamara (Utah State University)

"Science and the (Lockean) Pursuit of Happiness in Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons"

Elizabeth Amato (Baylor University)

"George Grant and Pope Benedict XVI on Technology and Human Freedom"

Patrick Cain (Belmont Abbey College)

Chair: W. Jason Wallace (Samford University)

Discussant: Stephen Barnes (Shorter University)

12:30 Lecture (Krannert Ballroom): On Science, Virtue, and the Birth of Modernity

Lecturer: Jeffrey Bishop (St. Louis University)

Response: Ralph Hancock (Brigham Young University)

Chair: Michael Bailey (Berry College)

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