Prossimo incontro 7 giugno

Dear all,

As previously indicated, our next meeting will be on 7th June, at the usual time (1800-1930hrs)

Zoom link is given in the calendar invite you will have received.

Prof. Adrian Pabst will be our speaker.

Please see some preparatory readings attached.

  1. A Pabst and R Ivey – Why we must build a new civic covenant
  2. Adrian Pabst – Politics after the plague (extract from Postliberal Politics)
  3. Pope Benedict XVI – Caritas in veritate (extracts)

Our theme will be :

Session 6 : The social and political consequences of unprecedented state interventionism and the social new world (dis)order

Topics to be addressed:

  • Modes of political organisation and the body politic according to Catholic social teaching
  • Social cleavages and the divide between the haves & have-nots
  • Social disruption, inequality and the educational gap
  • The death of political parties ? Self-serving politics, the credibility gap and the future of politics in the West
  • Dereliction of duty ? The delegation of power to the unelected (‘experts’ / quangos etc) and the democratic deficit

In terms of the discussion, I think it would be good for us to focus on the issue of the risks and opportunities arising from the ongoing, political tectonic shifts that were already underway pre-Covid, but which have been greatly accelerated by the crisis.

Prof. Adrian Pabst bio

Dr. Adrian Pabst is a political philosopher and commentator. He is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Previously he was Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University Twickenham and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po). Since 2016 he has served as Secretary to the Academic Board of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice. A New Statesman Contributing Writer, he is the author of several books, most recently The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future (2016, with John Milbank), The Demons of Liberal Democracy (2019) and Postliberal Politics: the Coming Era of Renewal, which will be published in June 2021. Currently he is working together with Jon Cruddas MP on a book about rights and freedoms in the face of new threats to human dignity, and he has a new book coming out this June, called Postliberal Politics : The Coming Era of Renewal.


JP Casey

CAPPF UK chapter Coordinator