Theme: Mary and political philosophy

The theme for the 2024 Sedes Sapientiae Symposium will be Mary and political philosophy. More details (date, location …) will follow soon, stay updated with our newsletter.

“11 For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to it. […] 15 By me kings reign, and lawgivers decree just things, 16 By me princes rule, and the mighty decree justice.”

(Proverbs, 8)

After the initial symposium on philosophising in Mary in general, this edition will focus on one particular area where philosophising in Mary might bear fruit: political philosophy. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • If Mary is the model of philosophy, is she also the model of Plato’s philosopher-kingqueen?
  • Can Mary offer a model of secular sovereignty that preserves openness to transcendence?
  • What would a cross between Quas Primas and Ad caeli Reginam look like?
  • In what way could the reign of Mary be both one with and distinct from the reign of Christ?
  • Can Mary’s relations to the Trinity as daughter, bride and mother offer a more rich and nuanced model for state-Church relations than the (e.g. Leonine) soul-body analogy?
  • Kant famously claimed that: “The highest master should be just in himself, and yet a man. This task is therefore the hardest of all; indeed, its complete solution is impossible, for from such crooked wood as man is made of, nothing perfectly straight can be built.” Does that support Mary’s queenship, given her immaculate conception?
  • What does St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort mean by “Ut adveniat Regnum Tuum, adveniat Regnum Mariae”?
  • What can be learned from concrete examples (Portugal, Bavaria, …) where Mary was formally recognised as sovereign?
  • What could the social queenship of Mary mean in practice, i.e. beyond being a ‘mere’ symbol?
  • What are the links between Mary as the mystical city of God, and Augustine’s battle between the two cities?

The 2024 Symposium is organised by Michaƫl Bauwens (University of Antwerp) and Jared Schumacher (University of Mary).