D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Larry Harwood

Research Fellow 2009-10

Larry Harwood

Larry HarwoodProfessor, Religious Studies and Philosophy

In the last decade, Dr. Harwood has published articles on Friedrich Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, C.S. Lewis, Postmodernism, Aesthetics, Teaching Philosophy, and authored several short stories. In the spring semester 2008, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Since receiving a grant in summer 2004 for a month-long trip to Japan, Taiwan, and Mainland China his interests have turned significantly to things Asian. He is currently working on a comparison of Asian and Western political philosophy.

Recent Presentations

  • “Motivation for the Military and Money in the Cause of Religion: English Soldiers in the Netherlands and America, 1585–1640,” European Social Science History Conference, February 2008, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • “The End of History as the Demise of Democracy,” Conference on Multiculturalism, Pluralism and Globalization at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, October 2007.
  • “British Protestants, Economics, Politics, and American Christians,” The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, International conference on Religion and Culture, June 2007.
  • “Nietzsche’s Last Men and the Fate of Europe,” Grove City College, Pennsylvania, April 2007. (Invited participant by Grove City College’s Center for Vision and Values)
  • “The Mao Zedong Controversy,” Asia Network Conference, Chicago, Ill., April 2007.
  • “Chinese Political Philosophy: A Comparison of Confucianism to Communism,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2006.
  • “Nietzsche’s ‘Last Men’ and O’Conner’s Dead Men,” Flannery O’Conner in the Age of Terrorism: An Academic Conference on Violence and Grace, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich., October 2006.
  • “Confucius and Christ: The Case of Cardinal Ricci,” World Religions Session, Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion Regional Conference, St. Paul, Minn., April 2006.
  • “Will Chinese House Churches Prompt a Chinese State Church?” 2005 Pruit Memorial Symposium, Global Christianity: Challenging Modernity and the West, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, November 2005.
  • “Hegel’s Philosophical Consciousness, Incarnation, and the Suffering of the Christ,” Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, November 2005.

Speaking Topic: Confucian Leadership

In the Western model of political governance, the rule of law is construed as a check upon the frailties and temptations that beset the powerful as much as the people they serve. The Confucian perspective, however, is significantly different in its intention to produce the good leader through extensive moral education and thus as a consequence the good ruler. This ruler is one in whom the people may put their faithful trust, trusting that the ruler will not significantly veer from their service to inordinately serve himself.