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Michael Mooney is President Emeritus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and serves currently as University Professor and Special Advisor to the President at Waseda University in Tokyo. He took his Ph.D. at Columbia University, where for many years he taught and served as Deputy Provost. A scholar of early modern thought, he has written on philosophy and rhetoric, theories of religion, and the history of liberal education. His book Vico in the Tradition of Rhetoric (Princeton, 1985) was awarded the Louis Gottschalk Prize by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. An earlier work, Small Comforts for Hard Times: Humanists on Public Policy (Columbia, 1977), was drawn from a series of conferences he organized for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is vice president of the Journal of Philosophy and past-president of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. During his years in New York he helped found the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, and for this work was named a Cavaliere Ufficiale in Italy’s Order of Merit. He is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a winner of the Rome Prize in post-classical studies.