foundations of moral and spiritual courage.
"Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free." — Paul Tillich
What We Do
The program hosts guest lectures, sponsors new research, and fosters curricular innovations that ask: Why it is that some people have the spiritual courage to act conscientiously, where others abandon themselves to mass movements?
The Project includes:
- Fellowships for young scholars working in philosophy, theology, and psychology
- Lectures by internationally renowned experts in diverse fields
- A new series of courses at Bard College titled The Practice of Courage
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
"Whoever entered the political realm had first to be ready to risk his life, and too great a love for life obstructed freedom, was a sure sign of slavishness. Courage therefore became the political virtue par excellence, and only those men who possessed it could be admitted to a fellowship that was political in content and purpose and thereby transcended the mere togetherness imposed on all—slaves, barbarians, and Greeks alike—through the urgencies of life."