Liberty and Order in the Thought of Alexander Hamilton


This conference explored the thought of Alexander Hamilton with regard to politics, human nature, and economics with special attention to the relationship of liberty and order in the American Constitution.


From Liberty Fund

The Revolutionary Writings of Alexander Hamilton

by By Alexander Hamilton
Edited and with an Introduction by Richard B. Vernier
Foreword by Joyce Appleby

Alexander Hamilton, trusted military aide and secretary to General George Washington, wrote to persuade. He had the ability to clarify the complex issues of his time without oversimplifying them. From the basic core values established in his earlier writings to the more assertive vision of government in his mature work,…

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The Pacificus-Helvidius Debates of 1793–1794

by By Alexander Hamilton (Pacificus) and James Madison (Helvidius)
Edited and with an Introduction by Morton J. Frisch

The Pacificus-Helvidius Debates of 1793–1794 matched Hamilton and Madison in the first chapter of an enduring discussion about the proper roles of executive and legislative branches in the conduct of American foreign policy. Ignited by President Washington’s Neutrality Proclamation of 1793, which annulled the eleventh article of America’s treaty with…

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Additional Readings

Syrett, Harold C. and Jacob E. Cooke, eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Volumes I to XXVI. New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1961-1979.

Farrand, Max, editor. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966.

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.