12th ICP: Claes G. Ryn


Claes G. Ryn is Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America, Chairman of the National Humanities Institute in Washington, D.C., editor of Humanitas, former President of the Philadelphia Society, President of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters, and Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University. Born and raised in Sweden, he is widely published on both sides of the Atlantic and in China. He lectures widely and is a frequent guest on television and radio. In 2000 he gave the Distinguished Foreign Scholar Lectures at Beijing University. Among his books are Democracy and the Ethical Life, Will, Imagination and Reason, The New Jacobinism, America the Virtuous, and A Common Human Ground. He recently published the novel A Desperate Man.

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