We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the coming Ciceronian Society Conference, March 12-14, 2015, at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD:

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a brief proposal to The Ciceronian Society encourages study of topics related to tradition, place, and ‘things divine.’ This year we are interpreting these very broadly, and we hope to attract papers on a variety of topics in political philosophy, American political thought, philosophy, theology, history, law, literature, and the humanities in general.




Thursday, March 27th: Dinner and special programming 

Mount Saint Mary’s University Dean, Dr. Joshua Hochschild, Philosophy Topic: To be Announced.

Friday, March 28th: 

8:30-9:30am (O’Hara Dining Room): American History and Political Thought, Part 1

Nathan Coleman, “State Sovereignty, Interposition, and Liberty: The Constitutional Significance of Article II of the Articles of Confederation”

Ethan Davey-Alexander, “John Adams on Human Fallibility, Hierarchy, and Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment Political Order”

Discussant: Peter Haworth

9:40-10:40am (O’Hara): American History and Political Thought, Part 2

William Batchelder, “Albert Jay Nock: His Time and Ours”

J. Robert Subrick, “Religion and the Social Order: Lesson from Smith, Hayek and Smith”

Discussants: Gene Callahan and (Chair) Joshua Bowman

Break 10:40 – 11:20am (O’Hara)

11:20am-12:50pm (O’Hara): Modern Political Thought

Paul Gottfried, “A Critical Commentary on Liberal Democracy as a  Tel(e)ocratic Enterprise”

Michael Harding, “Nietzsche, the State, and America”

Jeremy Geddert, “Is Hugo Grotius a Secular Modern Theorist?”

Discussants: Joshua Bowman (Chair) and Peter Haworth

Lunch: 12:50-2:00pm (Patriot Hall): Participants purchase on their own.

2:00-3:00pm (Knott Auditorium): Keynote Address

David Walsh, ”Overlooked Virtues of Modern Continental Philosophy”

3:10-4:10pm (Knott Auditorium): Civil Religion and Human Scale

Macon Boczek, “Cicero’s Religio and Max Scheler’s Phenomenology of the Religious Act: the Creative Possibilities for Religion in Modern Secular Societies”

Jeff Taylor, “Politics of Human Scale”

Discussant and Chair: Jeremy Geddert

4:20-5:20pm (Knott Auditorium): Literature and Philosophy

James Matthew Wilson, “T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and the Christian Platonist  Tradition”

Christopher Anadale, “Beyond Streamlined Thomism: the Primacy of Philosophical Enquiry in a Seminary Philosophy Curriculum”

Discussant and Chair: Jerry Salyer

Saturday, March 29th: 

8:30-10:00am (O’Hara Dining Room): Political-Theology and Literature

Kenneth Colston, “Missing and Perverted Sacraments: Why Hamlet is so Anxious”

Luke Sheahan, ”That Hideous Dream: Progressive Idealism, the Lust for Power, and the Nightmare of Scientism in CS Lewis’s That Hideous Strength

Marshall DeRosa, “Living in the Ruins: The American Civil War and the Impact on Christian Civilization”

Discussants: Peter Haworth and (Chair) Joshua Bowman

Break: 10:00-10:30am (O’Hara)

10:30am-12pm (O’Hara): Cosmopolitanism, Agrarianism, and Urbanism

Clark Carlton, “Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered: The Necessity of the Division of Labor within the (Cosmo) Polis”

Gene Callahan (and Co-Author), “Aristotle’s Polis and Jane Jacobs’ City Neighborhood: Twin Sons of Different Mothers?”

Jerry Salyer, “The Counter-Revolutionary Agrarianism of Louis de Bonald”

Discussant and Chair: Jeff Taylor

Lunch: 12:00-1:30pm (Patriot Hall), Participants purchase on their own.

1:30-3:00pm (O’Hara): Political Thought, Literature, and Conservatism

Ryan Holston, “The Poverty of Anti-Historicism:  Lessons from the Strauss-Gadamer Correspondence”

Lorraine Krall McCrary, “Reflections on Disability in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping

Greg Collins, “Examining Edmund Burke in Context: His Critique of Richard Price”

Discussant and Chair: Gene Callahan

3:30-5:00pm (O’Hara): Law, Sovereignty, and Philosophy 

Steven Brust, “Suarez on the Indirect Power of the Pope in Temporal Affairs”

Michael Hickman, “Jean Bodin’s Notion of Sovereignty”

Discussant and Chair: Christopher Anadale

 5:00-8:00pm: Dinner and special programming

Speaker and Topic: Paul Gottfried, “The Rise and Fall of the Nomocratic State”



Previous Conferences and Events:


Ciceronian Society Panel at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association:  

Title: Reflections in Ancient, Modern, and American Political Thought. Abstract: This refreshingly eclectic panel considers thinkers and themes in Ancient, Modern, and American Political Thought. The political works of Cicero are addressed. Others consider the work of Camus and Girard. Furthermore, the panel includes both an examination of James Madison’s Federalist No. 10 and a critical evaluation of the Reagan Presidency. The panel’s constitutive papers consider such thinkers and themes in a manner that furthers the Ciceronian Society’s examination of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine.’


Dr. Peter Daniel Haworth, Ciceronian Society (PhD: Georgetown University, 2008)

Dr. Ryan Robert Holston, Virginia Military Institute (PhD: Johns Hopkins University, 2008)


Professor David S. Fott, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (PhD: Harvard University)

The Guide of the Republic in Cicero’s “De re publica” »

Dr. Kyle Anthony Scott, Duke University (PhD: University of Houston)

A Girardian Critique of Law and Institutions»

Miss Sarah Shea, McGill University (PhD Candidate: McGill University)

Choosing Ithaca: Politics of Longing and Strange Joy in the Youthful and Mature Wanderings of Albert Camus »

Dr. Jeff Taylor, Dordt College (PhD: University of Missouri-Columbia)

The Reagan Presidency: Conservatism Co-Opted and Revolution Averted »

Dr. Joseph S. Devaney, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (PhD: Catholic University of America)

Reflections on James Madison’s Federalist No. 10: The David Hume Connection and Madison’s attempts to Constitutionalize the essay. »


Dr. William Henry Furness Altman (PhD: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)

Dr. Ryan Robert Holston, Virginia Military Institute (PhD: Johns Hopkins University, 2008)

Mr. Ivan Jankovic, Simon Fraser University (PhD Candidate: Simon Fraser University)

The 2013 Ciceronian Society Conference At Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD: March 1st – 2nd.

Thursday, February 28th:

6:30pm: Reception, O’Hara Dining Room, Mount Saint Mary’s University.

7:00pm: Dinner, O’Hara Dinning Room (Participation is by invitation only due to limited food and costs.). Speaker: Dr. Joshua Hochschild, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Friday, March 1st (All panels will be held in the O’Hara Dining Room):

9:00am -10:15am: Panel 1, Reconsidering James Madison via Nature and History: (1) Thomas Storck (“Madison and Aquinas: Is Government Natural?”); and (2) Peter Haworth (“James Madison: Statesmen or Politician for All Seasons?”).

10:30am -12:00pm: Panel 2, Reason , Tradition, and ‘Things Divine’: (1) Paige Hochschild (“Ratzinger and Gadamer: Rationality of Tradition”); (2) Steven Brust (“Compatibility of Natural Rights and Natural Law”); (3) Thaddeus Kozinski (TBA).

12:00pm -2:00pm: Lunch on own, Patriot Hall (MSM Cafeteria).

2:00pm -3:30pm: Panel 3, Various Themes in American Political Thought: (1) Joseph Devaney (“Contemporary Constitutional Law Issues”); (2) Tracy Munsil (“In Virtue’s Cause: Mercy Otis Warren’s Conception of virtue at the Founding”); (3) James Condra (“Re-imagining Kirk’s American Clerisy in the Wake of the Revolution”).

3:45pm -5:15 pm: Panel 4, Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine’ in Ancient and Medieval Thought and History: (1) Owen Phelan (“Creed and Controversy in the Middle Ages”); (2) William Batchelder (“‘A Barbarous Region:’ The Alienation of an Ambitious Cleric.”); (3) Coyle Neal (“Art and the Imagination in a Mechanized Bureaucratic State: The Community of Friends in Apollonius’ Argonautica”).

Dinner: On Own.

Saturday, March 2nd  (All Panels will be held in the O’Hara Dining Room):

9:00am – 10:30am: Theological Considerations on a Saturday Morning: (1) Kevin Offner (“Thoughts on Augustine’s Theory of Salvation”); (2) John Love (“Augustine Addresses Pagan Neo-Platonists with Christian Faith: A Reading of De Trinitate Book IV”); (3) Thaddeus Kozinski (TBA).

10:45 am – 12:15pm: Panel 6, Political Theoretical Considerations on the Environment and Place:  (1) Joshua Bowman (“Wendell Berry’s Historical Environmentalism”); (2) Benjamin Clark (“Community in the Political Theory of John C. Calhoun”); (3) Thomas Storck (“Is the Modern Nation-State a Type of the Classical Polis?”).

12:30pm -2:30pm: Catered Lunch, O’Hara Dining Room (Participation is by invitation only due to limited food and costs.).

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Panel 7, Human Scale, Tradition, and “Things Divine”: (1) Christopher Anadale (“Parallel Societies and the Hobbesian Soul”); (2) Richard Hyde (“Freedom, Unity, Law: America’s Core Values and the Engine of Modernity”); (3) Clark Carlton (“Nationalism: The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness”).

4:15pm – 5:45pm: Panel 8, Economics, Virtue, Justice, and Tradition:  (1) Macon Boczek (“John Paul II and the Social Justice Tradition of the Catholic Church”); (2) John Medaille, (“Credit and Credo, Money and Morals”); (3) Amanda Beal (“Development Economics and Authentic Human Development”).

6:45 pm Closing Dinner: Catered Event in the O’Hara Dinning Room (Participation is by invitation only due to limited food and costs.). Debate: Is an extended modern nation state normatively appropriate? For the Affirmative: Richard Hyde and Thomas Storck; For the Negative: Christopher Anadale and Clark Carlton.





2012 Ciceronian Society Annual Meeting at UVA:

Friday, March 30th (All are welcome to attend and view the panels.):

All Panels are in Newcombe Hall South Meeting Room, UVA Campus.

8:30 to 10:00 am: Greek and Roman Thought:

Jerry Sayler (Public Intellectual, Front Porch Republic)- “Returning to the Path of Wisdom: Plato, Tolkien, and Techne”

Anthony DeBonis (Villanova University)- “Augustinian Reflections On Love and Localism”

Dr. Peter Daniel Haworth (Ciceronian Society)- “The Longing For Home Over Glory: Examining themes in Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey

Discussant: Dr. Macon Boczek (Kent State University)

10:00 to 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am to 12:00 pm: Human Scale, Decentralism, and Federalism:

Jennifer Griffin (Hartman-Cox Architects)- “The Art of Building: The Importance of Tradition and the Sacred in Making Place

Dr. Joseph Devaney (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay)- “David Hume, James Madison, Federalist No. 10, and the Constitution”

Dr. Donald Livingston (Emory University, Emeritus)- “American Republicanism and the Question of Size”

Discussant: Dr. Luke Philip Plotica (Virginia Tech University)

12:00 to 2:00 pm:  Lunch

2:00 to 3:30 pm: American Thought/ Experience, Tradition, and Place:

Dr. Joseph Devaney (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay)- “Recent Cases Commerce Clause Cases Regarding Healthcare Legislation”

Col. David Jonathan White (Virginia Tech University)- “The Wayward Sisters: North Carolina and Rhode Island in the Ratification Process”

Dr. Clark Carlton (Tennessee Tech University)- “Imperial Propaganda and Local Realities: Christianity as the Sacrament of the Particular”

Discussant: Dr. Peter Daniel Haworth (Ciceronian Society)

3:30 to 4:00 pm: Break

4:00 to 5:30 pm: Place, ‘Things Divine,’ and Tradition in Ancient and Medieval Thought:

Dr. William Batchelder (Independent Scholar)- “‘The Most Pleasant Place By Far:’ Expressions of Affection for Place in English Historical Writing of the Twelfth Century”

Dr. Steven Brust (Independent Scholar)- “Natural Law and Divine Law”

Esteban Freeman (American University)- “Examining the Liberal Arts both in Medieval and Modern Thought”

Discussant: Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski (Wyoming Catholic Collge)


Saturday, March 31st (All are welcome to attend and view the panels.):

All Panels are in Newcombe Hall South Meeting Room, UVA Campus.

8:30 am to 10:00 am: The Relationship of Modern Thought to Tradition and the Divine:

Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski (Wyoming Catholic College)- “The Theological Origin, and End, of Modernity”

Dr. Ryan Holston (Virginia Military Institute)- “Radical Democracy’s Critique of Tradition”

Dr. Luke Philip Plotica (Virginia Tech University)- “Living with the Past: Michael Oakeshott on the Status of Tradition”

Discussant: Dr. Steven Brust (Independent Scholar)

10:00 to 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am to 12:00 pm: Literature, Localism, and the Divine:

Mark A. Signorelli (Public Intellectual, Front Porch Republic)- “The Poet as Namer”

Dr. James Matthew Wilson (Villanova University)- “Literature Between Theology and Religion”

Dr. Clark Carlton (Tennessee Tech University)- “A Feudal Society without a Feudal Religion: Rethinking Tate’s Criticism of Southern Religion”

Discussant: Dr. William Wilson (University of Virginia)

12:00 to 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 to 3:30 pm: Social-Political Theology:

Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski (Wyoming Catholic College)- “Scapegoating, Then and Now”

Coyle Neal (Catholic University)- “Historical and Intellectual Foundations for the Political Theology of Jonathan Edwards”

Joshua Horner-Kaufman (Eucharism)- “Faithful Presence or Faithful Interventionists?: Responding to Hunter, Hauerwas, and Niebuhr”

Discussant: Patrick Bracy Bersnak (Christendom College)

3:30 to 4:00 pm: Break

4:00 to 5:30 pm: Agrarianism, Localism, and Economics:

John Medaille (University of Dallas)- “The Great Economy and the Little Economies: Wendel Berry and Economic Order”

Dr. Jeff Taylor (Dordt College)- “Dissident Political Voices in an Age of Centralization”

Dr. Peter Daniel Haworth (Ciceronian Society)- “Traditionalist Localism: The Path Less Taken In The American Political Tradition”

Discussant: Jeremy Geddert (Catholic University)


2011 APSA Panels: 

Rights, Place, and Alienation in America : Co-sponsored with the Politics, Literature, and Film Division of the American Political Science Society. Panelists included Sean Busick, Carol McNamara, Coyle Neale, Robert Schaefer, Joseph Devaney, Justin Vaughn, Drew Thompson, and Peter Haworth

The Roman Knows : Co-sponsored with the Society for Greek Political Thought. Panelists included Rouven Steeves, Jed William Atkins, Justin Litke, Andrew Hertzoff, J. Jackson Barlow, and Jason Caro.


2011 Inaugural Ciceronian Society Conference at UVA:

Our inaugural Ciceronian Society Conference occurred at the University of Virginia, March 17-20, 2011. The panels examined issues related to Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine” within the arts, literature, philosophy, and social/political thought. Participating scholars included the following: Patrick Deneen, Donald Livingston, John Medialle, John Mueller, Jeff Taylor, William Luckey, David Mitch, Ellis West, Tom Landess, Nathan Coleman, Michael Schwarz, Jerry Salyer, Thomas Storck, William Wilson, Kevin Honeycutt, Rex Martin, Joseph Devaney, Jeremy Geddert, Lewis McCrary, Dwight Lindley, Coyle Neal, Erik Root, Glenn Moots, and Peter Haworth.

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, 3/17:

5:00-6:00- Drink and Greet. Colonnade Hotel- Garden Room

6:00-8:00- Dinner Together. Colonnade Hotel- Garden Room

8:00-9:30- Lecture by Donald Livingston, “The Question of Republicanism and Human Scale.” Colonnade Hotel- Garden Room

Friday, 3/18, Minor Hall, Room 125, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

9:00-10:30- Traditionalist Critique of Enlightenment Political Thought: Dwight Lindley, Coyle Neal, Ryan Holston (Kevin Honeycutt, Discussant)

11:00-12:30- Human Scale and Decentralism: Kevin Honeycutt, Rex Martin, Thomas Storck (Peter Haworth, Discussant)

12:30-2:00- Lunch: On Own

2:00-3:30- Human Scale and The American Experience: Nathan Coleman, Michael Schwarz, and Joe Devaney (Ellis West, Discussant)

4:00-5:30- Symposium (Roundtable): Economics and Human Nature- John Mueller, David Mitch, Glenn Moots, John Medialle, and William Luckey.

Dinner: On Own

Saturday, 3/19, Ruffner Hall, Room 0004A, 8:00 am — 5:30 pm

8:00-9:30- Traditionalism in Literature and the Arts: Lewis McCrary, Jerry Salyer, and Peter Haworth (William Wilson, Discussant) (James Matthew Wilson, Discussant)

10:00-11:30- Traditionalism and Modern Thought: Steve McGuire, Ellis West, Daniel McCarthy (Erik Root, Discussant) (Ryan Holston, Discussant)

11:30-1:30- Lunch: On Own

1:30-3:00- Agrarianism, Place, and Economics I: Jeff Taylor, Thomas Storck, and Glenn Moots (William Wilson, Disussant) (Dwight Lindley)

3:30-5:30- Agrarianism, Place, and Economics II: John Medaille, Patrick Deneen, and Christopher Anadale (Jeff Taylor, Discussant) (Jeremy Geddert, Discussant)

5:30-6:00- Cocktails. Colonnade Hotel- Garden Room

6:00-8:00- Dinner: Together. Colonnade Hotel- Garden Room

8:00-9:30- Lecture by Tom Landess, “The Agrarians: A Personal Perspective.” Colonnade Hotel- Garden Room

Sunday, 3/20: Depart.


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