Notre Dame lecture on Sex, Morality, and the Constitution

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Sex, Morality, and the Constitution: A Conversation on the Founding, Family, and Freedom Today


Professors Thomas West and Alexander Tsesis discussed sexual ethics and the American founding at Notre Dame’s Constitutional Studies Program, a JMC partner program.

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Thomas West headshotThomas West studies and teaches on the political and moral thought of Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Leo Strauss, and of American political thought after Lincoln, including progressivism and recent liberalism.  Recent books include: The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom (Cambridge, 2017), and Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America(Rowman and Littlefield, 1997).

>>Find out more about Professor West.


Alexander Tsesis headshotAlexander Tsesis teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Civil Procedure, and seminars devoted to civil rights issues and constitutional interpretation. Recent books include: Constitutional Ethos (Oxford 2017), For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence (Oxford 2012), We Shall Overcome: A History of Civil Rights and the Law (Yale University Press 2008), and The Thirteenth Amendment and American Freedom: A Legal History (New York University Press 2004).

>>Find out more about Professor Tsesis.



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