Civility and Trusting God: Thoughts on Risk and Society

Luther College Paideia Texts and Issues lecture featuring Storm Bailey Oct. 4

Does the trust that is essential for civility (and, perhaps, for society) require people to risk trusting each other – putting their own interests in each other's hands? In the opening lecture of the 2016-17 Paideia Texts and Issues series, Storm Bailey, Luther College associate professor of philosophy, will discuss what it could mean to trust God and how that trust could impact civility and society.

The lecture, "Civility and Trusting God: Thoughts on Risk and Society," will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Bailey has been a part of the Luther faculty since 1995. In addition to teaching at Luther, Bailey has served as a past director of the Paideia program. His interests include questions about the relation of values to the exercise of power or authority, and the implications of that relation for society, for higher education and for college classrooms. Bailey stated that, "Philosophy is everybody's business, because it is the attempt to explore the underlying assumptions of all areas of human thought and life. Not everyone systematically studies philosophy, but everyone depends on philosophical views and assumption. Involving others in reflection about commitments is a source of deep joy for me." He graduated from Wheaton College and earned a master's and a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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