We are pleased to invite you to a First Things Lecture
presented by James Matthew Wilson.
The modern age seems almost unprecedented in its concern with the self; from health fads to postmodern philosophy and on to contemporary identity politics, the self seems to be our only uncontested value. Contemporary politics pretends to be about doing justice to our various selves. We have all but entered into what Aldous Huxley called a Brave New World where the care of the self is the central concern of our lives. In the process, however, we have lost the capacity to see what grounds the self’s value or to perceive how it by nature fits into the world beyond itself. We have, in brief, gained the self at the expense of our soul. But is only if we can understand our humanity as the life of a soul that we can understand what we, ourselves, live for and die for. Moreover, it is only in virtue of the soul that human beings have the capacity to participate in justice.
Between Self and Soul:
On Being Both More and Less than We Think We Are
delivered by James Matthew Wilson
a First Things Lecture
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Covenant School (directions)
Rhetoric Building, 3rd Floor
7300 Valley View Lane
Dallas, TX 75240
Entrance to school accessed from westbound LBJ I-635 service road
Established in 1993, The Covenant School's mission is to equip students with the tools necessary to pursue a lifetime of learning so that they may discern, reason and defend truth in service to our Lord, Jesus Christ. For more information about Covenant, please click here.
James Matthew Wilson is a poet, critic, and professor of philosophical-theology and literature at Villanova University. The author of seven books, including The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition and the collection of poems, Some Permanent Things, Wilson publishes regularly in a range of magazines, including First Things, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Catholic World Report. Wilson was recently named the 2017 recipient of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
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