In Memoriam: Peter Augustine Lawler (1951-2017)
Political philosopher, Peter Augustine Lawler, passed away unexpectedly last week on May 23, 2017. Professor Lawler was the author of numerous articles and several books, including The Restless Mind: Alexis de Tocqueville on the Origin and Perpetuation of Human Liberty (Rowman & Littlefield, 1993), Aliens in America: The Strange Truth about Our Souls (ISI, 2002), Stuck with Virtue: The American Individual and Our Biotechnological Future (ISI, 2005), and Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future (ISI, 2010). Lawler held the Dana Professor Chair of Government at Berry College, Georgia and also devoted much energy to teaching at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute educational program. Lawler’s critique of liberal understandings of freedom and hyper-individualism along with his sympathy for the ironic and existentially strange — as witnessed in the works of Walker Percy and Flannery O’Connor — offered a healthy check and contribution to American conservatism.