Political Theorist Discusses Modernity with TMC Students

by Thomas More College on April 14, 2009

Dr. David Walsh of the Catholic University of America

Dr. David Walsh of the Catholic University of America

This past weekend, the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts was honored to welcome Dr. David Walsh of the Catholic University of America as a visiting lecturer. Dr. Walsh’s speech, “Modernity as Responsibility” focused on different facets of “modernity,” which come to us from the thought of Heidegger, Kant, and others.

A specialist in political theory, Dr. Walsh is the author of a three-volume study of modernity, which addresses the totalitarian crisis, the resurgence of liberal democracy, and the philosophical revolution of the modern world. Intended as a guide to the multiple facets of the age in which we live, the volumes appeared as After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom (1990), The Growth of the Liberal Soul (1997), and The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence (2008).

Dr. Walsh has also edited several volumes of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin. Aside from publishing and editing he has also authored numerous articles and reviews. Many of his articles have been published regularly in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The lecture was well-received by the student body and is the second successful event put on by the Eric Voegelin Society—a student-led group on the campus of Thomas More College. The society expresses its gratitude to the Leadership Institute and to Thomas More College for helping make this event possible.

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