Written by Evan Myers, News Editor
Thursday, January 23, Patrick Deneen , political theorist and professor of Political Science at Nortre Dame, will visit Furman’s campus to give a lecture on “Taking Populism Seriously.” The event, scheduled for 5p.m. in the Watkins Room is sure to draw a crowd of curious community members, eager to engage with the author of one of the most significant—and controversial—works of political philosophy in recent years, Why Liberalism Failed (2018).
Deneen’s book, which challenges both conservative, free-market capitalism and progressive, lifestyle liberation is “a radical critique of modernity,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Moreover, it has captured the attention of leaders on both the left and the right, receiving praise and criticism from all sides. Obama, for example, said that “Why Liberalism Failed offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own personal.” In the American Conservative, on the other hand, Rob Dreher writes that Why Liberalism Failed is “one of the most important political books of 2018.” Given his bold position and wide appeal, Deneen’s lecture will likely spark interesting discussion that carries on long after he has left campus.Continue reading “Patrick Deneen Visits Campus”