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Politics & Poetics 2022 Conference — Envy

Conference schedule below. To register, click here. 

11 August

Opening Remarks

Thursday, August 11th, 2:00 p.m.

The Canterbury Institute

Connor Grubaugh (Oriel)

Panel 1: “Envy and the Sources of Liberal Democracy”

Thursday, August 11th, 2:30 p.m.

Canterbury Institute


Dimitrios Halikias (Harvard), “Tocqueville on Servants and Servitude”


Luke Foster (Notre Dame), “Tocqueville’s Education of the Democratic Soul: Remedying Pascal’s Worries via Montesquieu and Rousseau”

Samuel Piccolo (Notre Dame), “Locke, Tully, Envy and Desire in the ‘New World’”


Respondent: Jeremy Jennings (KCL)

Keynote Address: “Being Mistaken: Reading René Girard and Envy in the Context of Post-Truth Politics”

Thursday, August 11th, 5:00 p.m.

Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, Law Faculty

Michael Kirwan, S.J. (Trinity College Dublin)


12 August

Panel 2: “Envy, Equality, and Distributive Justice”

Friday, August 12th, 9:00 a.m.

Canterbury Institute


Agatha Slupek (Chicago), “The Disavowed Gender of Rawlsian Envy”


Jordan Walters (McGill), “The Aptness of Envy”


Respondent: Samuel Bruce (The Centre for Social Justice)

Panel 3: “New Orders of Envy: Early Modern Perspectives”

Friday, August 12th, 11:00 a.m.

Canterbury Institute


Rebecca McCumbers Flavin (Baylor), “Machiavelli, Envy, and the Corrupt Republic”


Nayeli Riano (Georgetown), “‘A Gadding Passion’: Francis Bacon’s Public and Private Dimensions of Envy in Civil War”


Alexander Stone (UCL/Queen Mary), “Milton, Satan and Envy: An Epicurean-Spinozist Intervention”


Respondent: Samuel Zeitlin (Cambridge)

Panel 4: “Pathologies and Antidotes of Envy”

Friday, August 12th, 2:30 p.m.

Canterbury Institute


Robert Wyllie (Ashland), “Hope as an Antidote to Politics of Envy”


Geoff Shullenberger (NYU), “Dematerializing the Sacred: Social Media and the Containment of Violence”

Nathan Pinkoski (Zephyr Institute), Title TBD


Respondent: Dominic Burbidge (Faculty of Law)

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