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Resisting Throwaway Culture

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Catholic Information Center

1501 K Street NW Suite 175
Washington, DC 20005 United States

About the Speaker

Charles C. Camosy grew up in the cornfields of Wisconsin, but is grateful to be teaching in the Bronx. A theme running throughout his work is the fostering of intellectual solidarity between political and ethical approaches which find conversation difficult. A Roman Catholic anthropology which refuses to choose to between individually- and communally-construed understandings of personal dignity is particularly important in this regard.

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This is a book about hope in the midst of a polarized culture. Camosy begins with a hopeful starting point in the midst of a crumbling US political culture: two of every three Americans constitute an exhausted majority who reject right/left polarization and are open to alternative viewpoints. Especially at this time of realignment, we have been given a unique moment to put aside the frothy, angsty political debates and think harder about our deepest values.

A Consistent Life Ethic, especially one which embraces Pope Francis’ challenge to resist throwaway culture, has the capacity to unite people who for the last several decades imagined themselves in a polarized culture war.

On issues ranging from hook-up culture, reproductive technology, abortion, euthanasia, poverty, immigration, treatment of animals, and mass incarceration, this book articulates a new moral vision in which a culture of encounter and hospitality replaces a consumer culture in which the most vulnerable get used and discarded as so much trash. At bottom, Camosy offers readers a golden opportunity to dialogue about what kinds of values should serve as the foundation for a new political culture.

Book signing and reception to follow the lecture.

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