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Adapting to Modernity or Taming It? Catholicism’s Laborious Relationship with Liberalism

General Programming

  • Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life
  • European Institute
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"Adapting to Modernity or Taming It? Catholicism’s Laborious Relationship with Liberalism" is a seminar examining the ideological and political trajectory of Catholicism in contemporary Europe.

Papers by:
Jan-Werner Mueller (Department of Politics, Princeton University)
Reconciling Catholicism and Democracy in Modern Europe: Three Strategies

Rosario Forlenza (Research Fellow at the European Institute, Columbia University and Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Padua, Italy) and Bjorn Thomassen (Roskilde University)
Modernity, Religion and Secular Politics: Italian Catholic Thought and the Alternatively Modern

Anna Loretoni (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa/Visiting Fellow of the Italian Academy at Columbia University)
Nadia Urbinati (Department of Political Science at Columbia University)

The event is free and open to the public.

  • Rosario Forlenza Marie Curie Fellow University of Padua
  • Anna Loretoni Professoressa Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa
  • Jan-Werner Mueller Professor Princeton University
  • Bjørn Thomassen Associate Professor Roskilde University
  • Nadia Urbinati Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies Columbia University