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Samuel Moyn: The Christian Invention of Human Dignity

Date of Lecture: February 26, 2019

Samuel MoynAbout the Speaker: Samuel Moyn is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University. He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, most recently "Christian Human Rights" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) and "Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World" (Harvard University Press, 2018).

About the Talk: Moyn traces the idea of human dignity to the rise of Christian democracy across Europe in the late 1930s and 1940s, including its inclusion in the Constitution of Ireland drafted by Eamon de Valera in 1937, and in a Christmas message delivered by Pope Pius XII during World War II.

His talk is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.