REading Groups



Our reading groups allow students to explore philosophical and religious questions outside their normal course of study. 


current groups


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.


Religion and modernity

This biweekly reading group examines the encounter between religion and modernity, especially since the nineteenth century. In fall 2018, we will look at the relationship between faith and reason in the thought of John Henry Newman, the prominent English theologian and public intellectual.