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April 20, 2017
Stanford Constitutional Law Center, R190

The Constitution & Civic Virtue

Professor George addressed the question of whether the system is intended to eliminate the need for virtue in the people or whether, on the contrary, it presupposes and requires a reasonably virtuous citizenry

Time & Location

April 20, 2017
Stanford Constitutional Law Center, R190
599 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Description

Lecture Title: Constitutional Structures, Political Culture and Civic Virtue

Hosted by the Stanford Constitutional Law Center

 

How was our Constitution designed to protect liberty and prevent tyranny? After discussing the structural constraints the Constitution places on political power and the ways in which the principles and institutions of federalism and the separation of powers function in our system of republican government, Professor George will turn to the question of whether the system is intended to eliminate the need for virtue in the people or whether, on the contrary, it presupposes and requires a reasonably virtuous citizenry. If the latter, how are essential civic virtues to be cultivated and maintained? In exploring this question we begin to perceive the critical importance of non-governmental institutions of civil society (beginning with the marriage-based family) to the success of the American experiment in morally ordered liberty.

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Robert P. George

Professor George holds Princeton's celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He served as chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and before that on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He also served as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

He is the author of In Defense of Natural Law; Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality; The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis; Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism; and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life; Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics; What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense; and Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters. His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Review of Politics.

Event Details

April 20, 2017

Stanford Constitutional Law Center

Room 190

559 Nathan Abbott Way

Stanford, CA 94305-8610

Speaker

ROBERT P. GEORGE

ROBERT P. GEORGE

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

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