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Griswold will discuss liberty, civil religion in Rousseau and Smith

Charles GriswoldCharles Griswold will present "Liberty and Compulsory Civil Religion in Rousseau's Social Contract, and Adam Smith's Alternative" on Friday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m. in 347 University Hall.

Griswold's lecture is part of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies' Citizenship Speaker Series, and registration to attend will close on October 18. For more information, please contact Ann Powers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Charles Griswold

Charles Griswold is the Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His research interests include ancient philosophy, moral and political philosophy, 18th century philosophy, history of ethics, philosophy and literature.

Griswold has written or edited a number of books, including Self-knowledge in Plato's Phaedrus (Yale University Press, 1986, 1988), which was awarded the Franklin J. Matchette Prize by the American Philosophical Association; Platonic Writings, Platonic Readings (Routledge, 1988); Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 1999); Forgiveness: a Philosophical Exploration (Cambridge University Press, 2007); and Ancient Forgiveness: Classical, Judaic, and Christian, co-edited with David Konstan (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In addition, he has published his work in journals such as Philosophy and Literature, Ancient Philosophy, Review of Metaphysics, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Man and World and Critical Review.

With the support of a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, Griswold was on research leave during the 2009-10 academic year, writing a book tentatively entitled Self and Other: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith on Freedom, Authenticity, Sympathy, and Narrative.

Griswold received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University.