Political Theory

Liberty, Responsibility, and the Nation-State


This “Law and Liberty” conference evaluated the case for the nation-state through the writings of its two most significant contemporary defenders, Roger Scruton and Pierre Manent.


Conference Readings

Manent, Pierre. Democracy without Nations? The Fate of Self-Government in Europe. Translated by Paul Seaton. Wilmington: ISI Books, 2007, 2013.

Manent, Pierre. Seeing Things Politically: Interviews with Bénédicte Delorme. Translated by Ralph C. Hancock. South Bend: St. Augustine Press, 2010, 2015.

Manent, Pierre. Metamorphoses of the City: On the Western Dynamic. Translated by Marc LePain. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Manent, Pierre. Beyond Radical Secularism: How France and the Christian West Should Respond to the Islamic Challenge. Translated by Ralph C. Hancock. South Bend: St. Augustine Press, 2015, 2016.

Scruton, Roger. The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat. Wilmington: ISI Books, 2002, 2003.

Scruton, Roger. A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism. London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2014, 2007.

Scruton, Roger. England: An Elegy. London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2006.

Scruton, Roger. Confessions of a Heretic: Selected Essays. London: Notting Hill Editions, 2017.