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Peter Josephson Named New Bready Professor

January 29, 2013

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Saint Anselm College politics professor Peter Josephson has been named Bready ProfessorPeter Josephson, associate professor of politics, has been named the new Richard L. Bready Professor of Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good.

Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., announced Josephson's appointment, noting that he is the third Bready Professor since the chair was endowed in 2005 by Richard Bready '65, a trustee and one of the most generous supporters of the college.

The chair provides scholars with the opportunity to study the relationship between ethics and specific disciplines in the liberal arts. It also supports the examination of how ethics and the disciplines function in a free market economy.

During his three-year appointment, Josephson intends to complete his second book on John Locke (for which he recently made a research trip to Oxford University) on the role of the philosopher in the political community. He also is beginning projects on Aristotle's Poetics and the moral imagination, and on the relation of the religious pilgrim or exile and the political community.

In addition to his research, Professor Josephson will plan and support activities on campus, including an academic conference that he and Ward Holder, professor of theology, have scheduled for March 15 and 16 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library. Called The American Election 2012: Contexts and Consequences, the conference will draw scholars from across the country to explore the meaning of the 2012 election and presidential politics.

Other Bready Professors have been Dale Kuehne, professor of politics, who recently completed his term, and Montague Brown, professor and chair of philosophy, the first to hold the chair.

Watch an interview with Professors Josephson and Holder about their book, The Irony of Barack Obama.