Why Libertarianism Isn't Liberal

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School of Theology and Ministry Dean's Colloquium

Date: April 6, 2015

This day-long conference addresses the political, theological and legal issues raised by libertarianism from a Catholic context. Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry.


To view all videos of the speakers and panelists, please visit the School of Theology and Ministry's page of this event.


Keynote Address

Alan J. Ryan, William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor at Stanford University and retired Princeton University professor of politics, will deliver the conference's keynote address. Ryan has written and edited several books on John Stuart Mill, theories of property and the philosophy of the social sciences. His most recent books are John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism (1995) and Liberal Anxieties and Liberal Education (1998).

9:30-10:45 a.m.  
Keynote presentation on libertarianism as an issue in political philosophy

Alan J. Ryan
William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor, Stanford University,
and professor of politics, Princeton University

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Panel I: Libertarianism, Society and Culture

M. Cathleen Kaveny, Convener
Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, Boston College Department of Theology

Dana Dillon
assistant professor of theology, Providence College

Mary Jo Iozzio
STM professor of moral theology

Mark Silk
Director, Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life,
and professor of religion in public life, Trinity College

1:30-2:45 p.m.


Alan Wolfe
Boston College professor of political science
and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life  

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Panel II: Libertarianism, Politics and Economics

Michael Sean Winters, Convener
journalist for National Catholic Reporter and author of the blog “Distinctly Catholic”

Meghan J. Clark
assistant professor of moral theology, St. John’s University Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Stephen F. Schneck
director, Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America

Mary Jo Bane
Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University