Political Theory

A Constitution of Liberty: Political Moderation and its Enemies


The conference explored political moderation in light of the two blueprints of "moderate government" for Montesquieu—the French and the English—and reactions to these blueprints.


Conference Readings

Baker, Keith Michael, eds. The Old Regime and the French Revolution, Volume 7. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Hume, David. Essays: Moral, Political, and Literary. Edited by Eugene F. Miller. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Lally-Tollendal, Gérard de. Orateurs de la Revolution Francaise [On the Organization of the Legislative Power and the Royal Sanction]. Edited by Francois Furet and Ran Halévi. Translated by Frederic J. Fransen. Paris: Gallimard, 1989.

Lieber, Francis. On Civil Liberty and Self-Government. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1883.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Spirit of the Laws. Translated by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, and Harold Samuel Stone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Social Contract and other Later Political Writings. Edited by Victor Gourevitch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Staël, Germaine de. Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2008.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America: (Bilingual Edition). Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2010.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. The Old Regime and the Revolution. Edited by Alan S. Kahan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.