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Professor Andrea Kowalchuk, from the University of Colorado Boulder, will speak about women in the political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau for the next Hannibal Lecture. Join us at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Niemann Media Theater.

Against the spirit of his time, Jean-Jacques Rousseau fought the idea that self-interest could be a stable ground for a new political order. Affection, he reasoned, is what binds men to their communities and countries. But this affection cannot be generated; it can only be extended from one’s family to wider spheres. Family, then, is the foundational political unit, and woman its essential guardian.

Rousseau’s “Discourse on the Origin of Inequality” is a required text in Carthage’s core curriculum. Rousseau’s writings influenced varied thinkers, artists, and revolutionaries — Robespierre, Thomas Paine, Immanuel Kant, William Wordsworth, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Karl Marx, Claude Levi-Strauss, and more.

Come to the lecture and learn more about a colorful figure whose thinking changed the course of history!

The Hannibal Lecture Series gratefully acknowledges the support of the Jack Miller Center, the Ed Uihlein Family Foundation, the Creigh Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.


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