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Christian Citizenship: A Paradox?

Nov 12, 2018
Classics 110
1010 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Émilie Tardivel-SchickInstitut Catholique de Paris

  • Émilie Tardivel-Schick - Christian Citizenship: A Paradox?
  • Émilie Tardivel-Schick - Interview

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Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the France Chicago Center.

Does Christian faith imply a political doctrine such as a Christian political regime? Drawing on Justin, Tertullian, and Augustine, Prof. Tardivel argues that even as Christian citizenship does not refer to a political doctrine, it nonetheless demands a certain manner of living in the city, presenting a paradox to classical political thinking. This lecture focuses on the paradox of Christian citizenship and its implications.


Émilie Tardivel-Schick is a philosopher, professor and scientific director of the "Chair of the Common Good" at the Institut Catholique de Paris. She is also a member of the French redaction of the international catholic review Communio. She is author of a book on the Czech philosopher Jan Patočka, La liberté au principe (Vrin, 2011), which received the Prix La Bruyère of the Académie française, an essay based on the political writings of some Church Fathers, Tout pouvoir vient de Dieu (Ad Solem, 2015), and a collection of texts with Jean-Luc Marion, Fenomenologia del dono (Morcelliana, 2018). Her present research concerns the conceptual history of the common good and the theme of political theology.