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Rousseau and the Modern Cult of Sincerity

Fri, February 12, 2010 | Garrison 0.102

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas invites all interested persons to the next lecture in our ongoing series.

Professor Arthur Melzer will give a talk entitled “Rousseau and the Modern Cult of Sincerity”.  Earlier ages lived under the commandment: “Be Holy” or “Be Patriotic” or “Be Wise.”  Today, the reigning commandment is: “Be Yourself.”  Contemporary society is characterized by the canonization of sincerity as the highest virtue.  How did this extraordinary transformation of culture occur and what does it mean?  This lecture turns back to the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in an effort to answer this pressing question about ourselves.

Arthur Melzer is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State university. He is also a co-founder and co- director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy, an independent research center which is dedicated to the study of the theory and practice of modern democracy. 

The lecture will take place on Friday, February 12 from 4:00 to 5:30 in Garrison 0.102 on the UT Austin campus.  This event is free and open to the public.  Free parking validation for all UT garages.

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Sponsored by: The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

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