Mercer University: Montesquieu and the Founders

The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles: “Montesquieu’s Challenges and the Founders’ Answers”


On October 27, 2021, the McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University, will be hosting JMC fellow Zachary German (ASU) for a virtual discussion and live Q&A on the founders and Montesquieu.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 • 6:00 PM EDT
A virtual event • Mercer University

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Zachary K. German is an Assistant Professor in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, where he teaches American political thought and constitutionalism. His research includes work on American political thought, constitutional interpretation, statesmanship, politics and religion, politics and culture, Christian political thought, Montesquieu, and Tocqueville. His current book project examines statesmanship in the thought of Montesquieu, the Federalists, and the Anti-Federalists, concerning the relationship between institutional design, culture, and the character of a people. He is a founding faculty member of the new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at ASU.

Professor German is a JMC fellow.

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The McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University exists to supplement the university’s excellent liberal arts program with a redoubled commitment to the foundational texts and ideas which have shaped Western Civilization and the American political order. This focus on the core texts of the Western tradition helps to revitalize a cross-centuries dialogue about citizenship, human rights, and political, economic, and religious freedom, thereby deepening the moral imagination and fostering civic and cultural literacy. Guided by James Madison’s maxim that “a well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people,” the McDonald Center exists to promote the study of the great texts and ideas that have shaped our regime and fostered liberal learning.

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