Political Theory

Basis and Boundaries of Majority Rule


Utilizing readings ranging from Plato to The Federalist to Willmoore Kendall, this colloquium attempted to uncover-and recover-the theoretical bases, and limitations, of deliberative majority rule.


Conference Readings

Frohnen, Bruce, eds. The American Republic. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner, eds. The Founders’ Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987. press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/ (accessed June 17, 2014).

“James Madison to Unknown, re majority governments, Dec. 1834.” University of Virginia’s Rotunda Press, The Founding Era Collection. http://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/founders/default.xqy?keys=FOEA-print-02-02-02-3066 (August 27, 2015).

Anonymous. “Brutus XV, 20 March 1788.” www.constitution.org. http://www.constitution.org/afp/brutus15.htm (June 17, 2014).

Buchanan, James and Gordon Tullock. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 3: The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1999.

Calhoun, John C. Union and Liberty: The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun. Edited by Ross Lence. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1992.

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Jefferson, Thomas. “Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, March 15, 1789.” gwu.edu. http:www.gwu.edu/~ffcp/exhibit/p7/p7_1text.html (June 17, 2014).

Kendall, Willmoore. Willmoore Kendall Contra Mundum. Edited by Nellie D. Kendall. Lanham: University Press of America, Inc., 1994.

Madison, James. “Public Opinion [National Gazette, December 19, 1791] .” University of Chicago Press, The Founders Constitution web edition. press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch2s26.html (August 27, 2015).

McClosky, Herbert. “The Fallacy of Absolute Majority Rule.” Journal of Politics 11, no. 4 (November 1949): 637-654.

McWilliams, Wilson Carey. Redeeming Democracy in America. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2011.

Plato. The Last Days of Socrates. Translated by Hugh Tredennick and Harold Tarrant. London: Penguin Books, 1993.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America, Volumes 1 and 2 [English Edition]. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2012.