Our reading groups allow students to explore philosophical and religious questions outside their normal course of study.
Religion and modernity
This reading group examines the encounter between religion and modernity, especially since the nineteenth century. On Mondays and Thursdays during Fall 2018, we will look at the philosophy, theology, and educational theory of John Henry Newman. The seminar will read excerpts of his Fifteen Sermons Preached before the University of Oxford, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, and The Idea of a University.
American Constitutional Tradition
This one-credit, biweekly reading group for students at Columbia Law School explores the philosophical underpinnings of the American constitutional tradition. Faculty from the Law School and other scholars in the area serve as participants and guest lecturers. In the spring of 2018, we examined the relationship between Church and State in the early days of the Republic and the character of early American democracy. In the spring of 2019, we will consider Lincoln's presidency, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction Amendments.