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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

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.

Speaker

ROBERT P. GEORGE

ROBERT P. GEORGE

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Professor of Politics, and Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

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