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Ryan Patrick Hanley

Ryan Patrick Hanley

Ryan Patrick Hanley, a contributing editor of American Purpose, is professor of political science at Boston College. Previously he was the Mellon Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, and has held visiting appointments or fellowships at Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago. A specialist on the political philosophy of the Enlightenment period, he is author of Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue (2009), Love's Enlightenment: Rethinking Charity in Modernity (2017), and Our Great Purpose: Adam Smith on Living a Better Life (2019). His most recent works include The Political Philosophy of Fénelon (2020) and a companion translation volume, Fénelon: Moral and Political Writings (2020).

Articles and Events

Faith, Hope, Love, and Ted Lasso
On Screen

Faith, Hope, Love, and Ted Lasso

Is there an audience for a coach who’s a nice guy? Evidently yes.

Ryan Patrick Hanley

May. 3, 2021: Jenna Silber Storey and Benjamin Storey on "Why We Are Restless." Moderated by Ryan Hanley

Join us on May 3, 2021 to hear Jenna Silber Storey and Benjamin Storey on "Why We Are Restless." Moderated by Ryan Hanley. Benjamin Storey teaches the history of political philosophy, and is Director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman University. In 2016-17, Storey was a Visiting Fellow at the

Ryan Patrick Hanley

Feb 3, 2021: Ryan Hanley discusses Adam Smith: "Character Is Not for Suckers."

Join us to hear Ryan Hanley, author and Professor of Political Science at Boston College to discuss Adam Smith: "Character Is Not for Suckers." February 3, 2021. 12:00 pm EST.

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