Samuel Helyar

Academia and Jewish Philosophy

Samuel is currently a Ph.D. student in political science at Boston College, studying ancient and modern political philosophy with a minor in American politics, after having received his B.S. from St. John’s College. Broadly stated, his current interests lie at the intersection of the unintended consequences of the enlightenment project, the deracinating effects of modern individualism, and the revolutionary transformation of our world by science and technology. Although such questions are pertinent to every modern liberal democracy, he is especially interested in their relevance to the dramatic expansion of American government through the 20th century, the increasingly intrusive character of politics into the private sphere of family life and religious practice, and the danger posed by the tyranny of the majority to Judaism as a tradition and a way of life.

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