Theology & Philosophy

Calling and the Professions in the Free Society


Participants read primary philosophical and theological texts to examine the concept of a calling as a way to structure one's life and to answer the question: Does the concept continue to make sense in the modern world?


Conference Readings

Plato and Aristophanes. Four Texts on Socrates, Revised Edition. Edited by Thomas West and Grace Starry West. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Placher, William C., eds. Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005.

Coogan, Michael D., eds. The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Fully Revised Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Pieper, Josef. Leisure: The Basis of Culture. Translated by Alexander Dru. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1999.

Saint Augustine. Confessions. Translated by Henry Chadwick. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Weber, Max. The Vocation Lectures. Edited by David Owen and Tracy B. Strong. Translated by Rodney Livingstone. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2004.