Princeton: “Statesmanship as Human Excellence: Exemplars of Greatness, Courage, and Moderation”

James Madison Program: “Statesmanship as Human Excellence: Exemplars of Greatness, Courage, and Moderation”


On October 27, 2021, the James Madison Program at Princeton University will host a discussion with JMC fellow Daniel Mahoney on statesmanship and human excellence.

The lecture will challenge the widespread, even dominant, view of politics as nothing but a vehicle for raw power and domination. Such false realism obfuscates both the very real quest for justice but also those admirable exemplars of greatness of soul, tempered by moderation, that are very much part of political reality, too. Against the culture of repudiation, Mahoney aims to recover the understanding of statesmanship as honorable ambition and one of the highest expressions of human excellence.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Arthur Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall • Princeton University

Free and open to the public. (If one is NOT a Princeton University affiliate, they are asked to please register to attend.)

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Daniel MahoneyDaniel Mahoney is a Professor and Chair of Political Science at Assumption University, where he teaches on political economy, political ideologies, and international relations. Professor Mahoney is the author of over one hundred twenty introductions, books, articles, and book reviews that have appeared in a wide range of scholarly and public journals. His writings have appeared in French, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, Norwegian and Portuguese translation. He is also an Associate Editor of Perspectives on Political Science and Book Review Editor of Society.

Professor Mahoney is a JMC fellow.

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The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political thought. The Program is also devoted to examining the application of basic legal and ethical principles to contemporary problems.

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