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King University News :: Philosopher Thaddeus Kozinski to Speak at King University Sept 30

Thaddeus Kozinski, philosopher, author, and educator will speak at King University on “The Uselessness of Liberal Education” as part of the 2013-2014 Buechner Institute Lecture series.  Kozinski will speak on Sept. 30 at 9:15 a.m. at King’s Memorial Chapel and again at 7 p.m. at the University’s Student Center Complex Board Room.  The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier; this event is funded by the King University Student Government Association.  

“Dr. Thaddeus J. Kozinski is an intelligent and outspoken proponent of the classical educational model,” said Dr. Craig Streetman, assistant professor of Philosophy and director of the Snider Honors Program at King University.  “Calm, reasoned, and reflective voices like his help put the theoretical and ideological underpinnings of contemporary movements in education into proper relief for more careful examination.” 

Kozinski currently serves as an associate professor of Humanities, Theology, and Philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.  Previously, Kozinski has taught courses in the humanities, the Trivium, and philosophy for over ten years at the secondary and postsecondary levels, including medieval and modern philosophy, logic, and ethics at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, medieval philosophy at Christendom College, and philosophy and mathematics at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.  He was also the assistant headmaster and director of curriculum at The Montfort Academy.  Here, he taught Socratic conversation classes in several areas of the humanities and created a monthly lecture and discussion series, the disputatio, modeled on the famous medieval disputations.

Particularly interested in political philosophy, Kozinski released a book called “The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism: And Why Philosophers Can’t Solve It” (Lexington Books, Aug. 2010).  The work examines three of the most influential figures of political philosophy: John Rawls, Jacques Maritain, and Alasdair MacIntyre.  

Kozinski received his Bachelor of Comprehensive Science from Villanova University; his Master of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Graduate Institute, and his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. 

Thaddeus Kozinski will present “The Uselessness of Liberal Education” at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel and again at 7 p.m. at King’s Student Center Complex.  The events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit


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