Political Theory

Law, Liberty, and the American Republic


The modest goal of this conference was to engage the constitutional thought of Orestes Brownson as a means of considering our current ways of understanding the relationships between freedom and authority, individualism and collectivism, economic and political freedom, political and religious freedom, and the states and the union.


Conference Readings

The Works of Orestes A. Brownson, Volume XVIII. Compiled by Henry Francis Brownson. Detroit: Thorndike Nourse, 1885.

Brownson, Orestes, "Brownson’s Quarterly Review" Boston: Published by Benjamin H. Greene, Volumes I-III.

Brownson, Orestes, “An Address, Delivered at Dedham, on the Fifty-Eighth Anniversary of American Independence, July 4, 1834 ” In The Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson, Volume II: The Free Thought and Unitarian Years, 1830-1835, edited by Patrick W. Carey, 339-352. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2001.

Brownson, Orestes. The American Republic. Wilmington: ISI Books, 2003.

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.