REading Groups



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


current groups


After Virtue

Graduate students are invited to join us on select Fridays this Spring semester 2019 as we go through Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue. A philosophical survey of the state of ethical thinking since the Renaissance and Enlightenment, this work raises challenges and possibilities for contemporary moral discourse.

Previous Groups


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.