Where did the founding ideas of Washington, Madison, and Jefferson find their origins? How did America come to be the preeminent example of the sovereignty of the people? Four professors discuss how the foundational ideas behind this unique political experiment can be traced back to two extraordinary thinkers: John Locke and Baron de Montesquieu.
Professor Paul Carrese | Director of the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University
Professor Eric R. Claeys | Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Professor Paul A. Rahe | Professor of History, Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage, Member of Graduate Faculty at Hillsdale College
Professor Michael Zuckert | Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame
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America’s Civic Virtue of Moderation
Montesquieu & the Separation of Powers
Launching Liberalism: On Lockean Political Philosophy
Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty
Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect