Political Theory

Community and the Roots of Liberty


This conference considered the foundations of community and the link between community and liberty through engaging a variety of materials including film, historical narrative, scholarly studies, and an interview.


Conference Readings

Stagecoach (1939). Directed by John Ford. Warner Home Video, 1997. DVD.

Eicholz, Hans. “Self-Government and the Distinctive Character of American Civil Society.” The Freeman (July 01, 2001): 1-8.

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.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume XVII). Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 2011.

The Intellectual Portrait Series: A Conversation with Richard Cornuelle [Interviewer: William C. Dennis] . Directed by Liberty Fund, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana, 2002. DVD.

Johnson, Howard. A Home in the Woods. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1991.

Mencken, Henry Louis. A Mencken Chrestomathy. Edited by H. L. Mencken. New York: Vintage Books, 1949.

Nisbet, Robert. The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom. Wilmington: ISI Books, 2010.

Nisbet, Robert A. Tradition and Revolt: Historical and Sociological Essays. New York: Random House, 1968.

Shils, Edward. The Virtue of Civility: Selected Essays on Liberalism, Tradition, and Civil Society. Edited by Steven Grosby. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1997.

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.