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The Institute of World Politics “Civic Virtue and the Constitution” with Geoffrey Vaughan, September 15 at 4:30pm
September 15, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Institute of World Politics presents: “Civic Virtue and the Constitution”
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022; 4:30-6:30 PM
Location: The Institution of World Politics, 1521 16th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20036
Speaker: Geoffrey Vaughan, Professor of Political Science at Assumption University and Visiting Fellow James Madison at the Program for American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University
The Constitution of the United States of America is a practical document, laying out rules for managing public affairs through the offices of government. Although the Constitution does not mention the word “virtue”, George Washington and John Adams, among many others, asserted that the republic could not function without it. But how does virtue function civically? In other words, what is civic about virtue? This address will explore the civic character of virtue, trying to understand not why it is necessary, but how it operates.