Throughout the world we are facing the demise of democratic hope.
Professor Lenart Škof is reflecting on the ethical and spiritual foundations of the idea of democracy as part of ACU Luminaries Series in Brisbane Monday 26 June and Melbourne on Thursday 29 June.
Delivering the 2017 Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value Professor Škof, Professor of Philosophy, University of Primorska, Slovenia, will be defending democracy as a moral ideal and human value that is in urgent need of nurturing in these turbulent times.
ACU Head of the School of Philosophy Dr Richard Colledge said Professor Škof looks to return to what he sees as the ethical and spiritual foundations of the idea of democracy.
“Dealing with the connections between democracy, human value and ethical citizenship, could hardly be more pertinent to our time when the very foundations of not only democracy, but also the ideals of the public good, and truth in public life, are being deeply tested across the western world,” Dr Colledge said.
Executive Dean of the Faculty Professor Dermot Nestor said the series demonstrated ACU’s commitment as a Catholic University to a distinctive perspective on higher education.
“This series provides each participant with a distinctive experience that is founded upon a conversation between ACU’s heritage in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the challenges of a contemporary world in which its graduates are called to act,” he said.
“It is this deep sense of engagement, and of commitment, a willingness to shine a light upon rather than shy away from contentious issues, and a willingness to act as a beacon of clarity and of hope in an often confusing world which defines ACU and thus, the Luminaries series which bears its name,” Professor Nestor said.
Date: Monday 26 June 2017
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Venue: ACU Leadership Centre, Level 3, Cathedral House, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Date: Thursday 29 June 2017
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Venue: Mercy Lecture Theatre, ACU Melbourne Campus, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
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