Michael Mc Carthy
Philosophy

After forty years of teaching, I wanted to resume more fully a life of thinking and writing. I now spend my days in the Vassar library surrounded by books, my trusted computer and the youthful strangers who’ve come to Vassar since I retired.

I’ve also found a second intellectual home at Boston College where I’ve been a visiting fellow, delivered five public lectures, led three faculty seminars and serve on the board of the Lonergan Institute.

The quiet of the library is conducive to writing. In the last ten years I’ve published seven papers and completed three books: the first, The Political Humanism of Hannah Arendt, published by Rowan Littlefield; the second, Authenticity as Self-Transcendence, published by University of Notre Dame Press; and most recently Toward a catholic Christianity: A Study in Critical Belonging, also published by Rowam Littlefield. I’m now working on a complex personal project entitled "Letters to My Brother" that deals with family, citizenship, calling or vocation, and the search for God.

Though more distant now, I’ve remained active in the Vassar community, helping to create the AEVC (the Associated Emeritae/I of Vassar College), advising Sam Speers on his very important Secularity Project and lecturing occasionally on topics spiritual and political.

Later this spring, I’ll begin work on a new book on Charles Taylor, the great contemporary Canadian philosopher whose thought I deeply admire. All in all, a quiet life but full of inner richness and intensity.

Updated: December 2017