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    Fall 2017 Seminar Series: Maritain and Art

    Teacher: RJ Snell

    Time: 12:45pm-2:45pm on Fridays, lunch provided

    Dates: 9/29; 10/13; 11/17; 12/8

    Place: Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street

                   For this year’s theme of Freedom and Making, the fall seminar Maritain and Art focuses mainly on the responsibility of the artist, looking closely at the thought of Jacques Maritain. While Maritain is famous for his arguments on the role of practical reason for the artist, and how this responsibility checked ideological uses of art, he’s also interesting for us because 2017–18 is the 70th anniversary of his arrival to teach at Princeton. By 1947, when the president of Princeton invited him to join the faculty, Maritain was one of the most prominent philosophers and man of letters in the world, and one with high regard for the United States. Among his wide range of interests, including works on epistemology, political theory, metaphysics, and intellectual history, he was well-known in aesthetics, including several influential works written while at Princeton. [Eg: The A. W. Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art, later published as Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry (1953) and The Responsibility of the Artist (1960).] For Maritain, the work of the artist, while quite obviously relating to the problems of aesthetics, could not be treated without reference to what might be termed “the ethics of art,” and thus to the responsibilities of a free person striving to exert their agency through their work. The problem of the artist exemplified responsibility with some acuteness, then. In addition to reading Maritain, we will spend time in the Princeton art museum, which includes in its collection works by those (Chagall, Rouault) with whom Maritain was friends and about whom he wrote.


    Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Johann Christoph Arnold

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    Celebrating the Life and Legacy oJohann Christoph Arnold

    5:45-7:15 pm, Monday, September 11, 2017

    The Union League Club, 38 E. 37th St., New York, New York

    Join The Witherspoon Institute’s Robert P. George together with First Things editor R.R. Reno, civil rights activist John M. Perkins, and others in honor of Johann Christoph Arnold (1940-2017).  Arnold, Elder of the Bruderhof Communities between 1983 and 2001, was a pastor, author, and tireless worker for peace, reconciliation, and justice. Arnold’s work was praised by many including Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Mother Theresa, J.I. Packer, and Peter Kreeft. 

    The forum will begin at 5:45 pm on Monday, September 11, 2017, at the Union League Club, 38 E. 37th Street, New York, NY, and will be followed by a reception at 7:15 pm. While there is no charge for this event, space is limited for the forum and the reception, and advanced registration is required here