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'Jacques Maritain and America' to be discussed, Oct. 17-19

"Jacques Maritain and America" is the program theme for the 26th annual meeting of the American Maritain Association to be held at Princeton Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19.

Maritain (1882-1973) was a French Thomixt philosopher who wrote on a broad range of areas including metaphysics, aesthetics and theology. He is best known for developing theories of human rights and democracy that became the political philosophies of the postwar Christian Democratic parties in Europe and Latin America. Maritain taught at Princeton from 1941 to 1942 and again from 1948 to 1952, remaining in the area in emeritus status until 1960.

Sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the plenary sessions will feature papers by: Richard Neuhaus, editor of First Things, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room B; Jeffrey Stout, professor of religion, at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall; and a debate on the legacy of Maritain between Paul Sigmund, professor of politics, and Michael Novak, a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Frist Multipurpose Room B.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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