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Author, BYU professor Ralph Hancock opens Tocqueville series Oct. 2

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This year's Tocqueville Program series, "Love, Friendship and Politics," opens Oct. 2

Brigham Young University political science professor Ralph C. Hancock will open the Tocqueville Program lecture series Monday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. in Johns Hall 101 on the Furman University campus.

His talk, “Christianity and the Political Life,” is free and open to the public. The lecture is the first of the four-part Tocqueville series, “Love, Friendship and Politics.” All lectures in the series are part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

Ralph C. Hancock, Brigham Young University political science professor

Hancock has taught political philosophy at Brigham Young University’s College of Family, Home and Social Sciences since 1987. He is also President of the John Adams Center for the Study of Faith, Philosophy and Public Affairs, an independent educational foundation (

His books include The Responsibility of Reason: Theory and Practice in a Liberal-Democratic Age (Rowman & Littlefield), and Calvin and the Foundations of Modern Politics (Saint Augustine’s Press). He has also translated numerous works from French.

Hancock, who holds degrees from BYU and Harvard University, is a contributing editor of the quarterly Perspectives on Political Science and an editor at the online scholarly journal, which addresses public affairs for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Upcoming Tocqueville Program lectures include:

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 – Alexander Nehamas, Princeton University, “Metaphors in Life: ‘I Love You for Yourself’,” 5 p.m., Johns Hall 101

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 – Diana Schaub, Loyola University Maryland, “Friendship, Race, and Political Justice,” 5 p.m., Johns Hall 101

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – William Deresiewicz, best-selling author, “College and the Inner Life,” 5 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship in the Furman Department of Politics and International Affairs, 864-294-3547, or visit:

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