Jonathan Sozek

Jon directs the Arts and Human­i­ties Col­lab­o­ra­tive at Alber­tus Mag­nus Col­lege, a Catholic lib­er­al arts col­lege in New Haven, CT. He also teach­es in the Depart­ment of Phi­los­o­phy and Reli­gion and serves as a Co-Direc­tor of the Col­lege’s Hon­ors Pro­gram. In the sum­mers, he teach­es in the Summer@Brown Pre-Col­lege Pro­gram at Brown Uni­ver­si­ty. He is a mem­ber of the Advi­so­ry Board for Zeal: A Jour­nal for the Lib­er­al Arts. His research focus­es on the phi­los­o­phy of per­son­al­ism and the Catholic intel­lec­tu­al tradition.

Cur­rent­ly Jon is work­ing to build the Col­lab­o­ra­tive and devel­op con­tent for its pod­cast, Studi­um. You can find the audio ver­sion on Apple Pod­castsGoogle Pod­casts, or Spo­ti­fy. A video ver­sion is avail­able on the Col­lab­o­ra­tive’s YouTube chan­nel. On YouTube he also main­tains a chan­nel for his work at Alber­tus and his main chan­nel, Labyrinths, which fea­tures con­tent on phi­los­o­phy, reli­gion, cul­ture, and ideas.


Beyond the Catholic “Left” and “Right”

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Beyond the Catholic “Left” and “Right”

We need to move beyond the tired dis­tinc­tion between “lib­er­al” and “con­ser­v­a­tive” Catholi­cism. Here I try to do so by trac­ing both back to a com­mon root: per­son­al­ism. Both are under­stand­able, I hold, as dif­fer­ent kinds or vari­eties of per­son­al­ism, and the ques­tion of how to over­come this divi­sion is to this extent a philo­soph­i­cal prob­lem, not a polit­i­cal one. I con­sid­er how this fram­ing relates to Church teach­ings on con­tra­cep­tion, same-sex rela­tion­ships, and trans­gen­der iden­ti­ty. Includes dis­cus­sion of Descartes, Kant, Schel­er, Buber, Mounier, the Catholic Work­er Move­ment, and three popes: John Paul, Bene­dict, and Francis.