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Auteurscolloquium Tocqueville aan Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen

Op donderdag 23 mei a.s. neem ik deel aan een eerste auteurscolloquium in het kader van een boekproject over Tocqueville.

Het – besloten – colloquium vindt plaats aan de Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen in Nijmegen.

De titel van mijn eigen presentatie luidt: “Het wezen en de oriëntatie van politieke instituties”.

De synopsis van de presentatie ziet er als volgt uit:

“Volgens Tocqueville,, ‘[r]eligion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must nevertheless be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country’ (Vol. I, p. 313). De van oorsprong Canadese, thans aan Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI verbonden filosoof James K.A. Smith sluit hier in zijn recente trilogie Cultural Liturgies in feite bij aan. Zonder Tocqueville bij name te noemen, stelt hij dat ‘[t]he history of Western liberal democracy is one filled with craters from the impact of the gospel’ (III, 120].

Deze metafoor ontleent Smith op zijn beurt weer aan Oliver O’Donovan. Aldus fungeert zijn trilogie mede als richtingwijzer naar het werk van deze Anglicaanse theoloog, evenals naar dat van Augustinus, ‘the animating source of my project’. Ten behoeve van het Tocqueville-project ben ik voornemens daadwerkelijk deze weg terug te volgen naar de boeken die de inspiratie vormden voor in het bijzonder het derde deel van de trilogie van Smith (Awaiting the King. Reforming Public Theology). Ik doe dit mede vanuit de idee dat een nieuwe categorie onderzoek naar recht en religie gewenst is, te weten een die meer dan voorheen theologische inzichten integreert (Stefanus Hendrianto). Het voorlopige oogmerk hierbij is om tot een beter begrip te komen van de hierboven aangehaalde stelling van Tocqueville over religie als belangrijkste politieke institutie.”

Nadere informatie over het boekproject volgt op een later moment.

Zie ook:

Bijdrage aan bundel De Federalist Papers. Bakermat van het moderne constitutionalisme (2018)

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Conference on ‘Public Spirit and Public Virtue’, December 6, 2017, Washington, DC

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (I)

 

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Conference on ‘Public Spirit and Public Virtue’, December 6, 2017, Washington, DC

‘In an increasingly globalized and pluralized world it becomes progressively more difficult to define the public virtues that have delineated the West, and as a result, harder to safe-guard the freedoms—economic, political, and religious—which are the fruits of those virtues. A citizen who possesses “town spirit,” according to Alexis de Tocqueville, is one who “focuses his affections and his hopes on the town, who knows how to take his place there and to participate in its governance.” This spirit is the result of the visible presence of public virtue—“a free and strong corporate body…which merits the trouble of trying to direct it.” This one-day conference will examine the ways in which the Western world might see a revival of public spirit through public virtue and remain a civilization marked by “order and public tranquility” that only this spirit and virtue can provide.’

Source, and more information: https://acton.org/event/2017/06/06/public-spirit-and-public-virtue.

On the International Conference series ‘Reclaiming the West: Freedom and Responsibility’, of which this conference forms a part:

‘The West today is in a state of crisis. Facing immense domestic economic and political problems, North America, Europe, and other Western nations are also struggling to address existential threats from without. But above all, the West appears to suffering from a crisis of self-belief: one which touches centrally upon its attachment to the tradition of ordered liberty in politics, freedom in the economy, strong civil societies, commitment to virtue, as well as the unique synthesis of faith and reason that is at the root of Western civilization.

To explore these questions concerning the Western tradition of human liberty and responsibility and its Judeo-Christian culture, the Acton Institute is holding three international conferences which will bring together theologians, economists, political thinkers, philosophers, religious figures, business leaders, foreign policy thinkers, journalists, historians, and legal scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. Among other topics, they will discuss the origin and character of the West’s many problems, consider how these matters might be addressed in ways that draw upon the West’s unique heritage, and examine how Europe and North America can contribute to each other’s revival.’

Source: https://acton.org/program/reclaiming-west-freedom-responsibility.

See also:

Book review: ‘The Political Theology of European Integration,’ by Mark R. Royce

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (I)

Press Release: ‘Hans-Martien ten Napel has book published “Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human”’