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2005 Thomas More Studies Conference

Law, Conscience, and Utopian Justice

Nov. 4-6, 2005: Utopia (a society without lawyers and with very few laws)
and More’s poems about justice that accompanied the 1518 editions of Utopia

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Proceedings: Thomas More Studies 1 (2006)

 

Materials

All documents in PDF.

 

Schedule for the 2005 Conference

9 Page Study Outline of Utopia, Cambridge Revised Edition

Study Guide for Utopia, Original Cambridge Edition

Interrogating Thomas More: The Conundrums of Conscience by Steven D. Smith (University of St. Thomas Law Journal, used with permission)

 

Audio of Lectures

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"Humanist More", by Dr. George M. Logan

Dr. George M. Logan is principal editor of the Cambridge Utopia; co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature (5th-8th editions); editor of the forthcoming History of King Richard III by Thomas More; author of The Meaning of More's "Utopia" (Princeton UP); Cappon Professor of English, Queen's University, Canada.

 

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Dr. George M. Logan

 

Dr. George M. Logan

Panel No. 1: An Historical Inquiry: "Interrogating Thomas More"

  • "Failed Politican? Saintly Statesman? Faithful Conscience!," by Rev. Joseph Koterski, S.J.

Fr. Koterski, Chair of Philosophy at Fordham University, is responding to "Interrogating Thomas More: The Conundrums of Conscience," a law review article by Prof. Steven D. Smith of San Diego Law School.

  • Reply by Professor Smith
  • Prof. Koterski's response, then Conference participants get their say.

 

Chair: Russell Osgood, President of Grinnell College and past Dean of Cornell Law School.

 

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From left to right: Rev. Koterski, Russell Osgood, Dr. Steven D. Smith

 

From left to right: Rev. Koterski, Russell Osgood, Dr. Steven D. Smith

Panel No. 2: "The Development of Thomas More Studies"

Panel Exchange

 

With Dr. Elizabeth McCutcheon (Professor Emerita and Past President of Amici Thomae Mori), Dr. Clarence H. Miller, and Dr. George M. Logan.

 

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From left to right: Dr. McCutcheon, Dr. Miller, Dr. Logan

 

From left to right: Dr. McCutcheon, Dr. Miller, Dr. Logan

Symposium No. 1: More's Utopia, Book 1

  • Dr. Stephen W. Smith: the literary perspective
  • Dr. Jeff Lehman: the philosophic perspective
  • Questions and Discussion

Can the learned professions really affect justice? Who wins this argument: More the lawyer or Raphael the experienced observer?

 

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Dr. Stephen W. Smith (left) and Dr. Lehman (right)

 

Dr. Stephen W. Smith (left) and Dr. Lehman (right)

Symposium No. 2: More's Utopia, Book 2

  • Dr. Richard Dougherty, the political perspective
  • Dr. John Boyle, the theological perspective

 

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  • Questions and Discussion

According to Raphael's account, what is the view of law, justice, government, and statesmanship as they have evolved over the 1,760 years of Utopia's existence? Is this view attractive to you? Why?

 

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Dr. Boyle (left) and Dr. Dougherty (right)

 

Dr. Boyle (left) and Dr. Dougherty (right)

Symposium No. 3: More's Utopia as a Whole

Final Statements on the philosophical, literary, political, and theological dimensions, followed by discussion.

 

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From left to right: Dr. Stephen W. Smith, Dr. Lehman, Dr. Boyle, Dr. Dougherty

 

From left to right: Dr. Stephen W. Smith, Dr. Lehman, Dr. Boyle, Dr. Dougherty

Banquet Address, by Dr. Clarence H. Miller

Dr. Miller is Executive Editor of Yale UP's Complete Works of St. Thomas More; translator of the 2001 Yale edition of Utopia, Professor Emeritus of St. Louis Univ.

 

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Banquet Address

Academic Seminars

Panel Discussion

 

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