Little Platoon Seminar: “The Telos of Education”

August 25-25, 2022
University of Notre Dame

What is the purpose of an education?

Students at the University of Notre Dame are invited to join Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz in exploring the true purpose, end, or telos of education. Framed largely around Josiah Bunting’s 1998 An Education for Our Times, Dr. Muñoz will challenge the modern idea that an education should be focused on technical skills and practicality only, arguing alongside Josiah Bunting that a true and proper education is meant to form the whole human person in both character and courage.  

Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz

Vincent Phillip Muñoz is Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. He is the Founding Director of ND’s Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government. Under his leadership the programs have raised over $16,500,000 in grants, gifts, and pledges.

Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy with a focus on religious liberty and the American Founding. He won a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to support his forthcoming book, Religious Liberty and the American Founding: Natural Rights and the Original Meanings of the First Amendment Religion Clauses,  which will be published by the University of Chicago Press in the summer of 2022.  Articles related the project have appeared in American Political Science ReviewThe Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyNotre Dame Law ReviewAmerican Political Thought, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Constitutional Law.

His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2009) won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state case reader, Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents (Rowman & Littlefield) was first published in 2013 (revised edition, 2015) and is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities. In 2019, he joined the editorial team of American Constitutional Law (11th edition, Routledge, 2020), the leading constitutional law casebooks designed for undergraduate instruction. His scholarship has been cited numerous times in church-state Supreme Court opinions, most recently by Justice Alito in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia (2021) and by both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Thomas in Espinoza v. Montana (2020).

An award-winning teacher and a popular lecturer, Dr. Muñoz has spoken at nearly 75 colleges and universities in the past several years. He received his B.A. at Claremont McKenna College, his M.A. at Boston College, and his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate School.