Villanova: Is Nationalism a Virtue?

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Matthew J. Ryan Center: “Is Nationalism a Virtue?”


The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Yoram Hazony and Aurelian Craiutu for a debate on nationalism. The event is the second of three debates on campus this year which comprise the Ryan Center’s inaugural debate series.

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Villanova University

Free and open to the public

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Yoram HazonyYoram Hazony is President of the Herzl Institute and Director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology. He founded The Shalem Center in Jerusalem in 1994, and led it through its accreditation in 2013 as Shalem College, Israel’s first liberal arts college. He previously served as a member of the Israel Council for Higher Education’s commission on General Studies and Liberal Arts programs in Israel’s universities and colleges. His writings on philosophy, the Bible, and political theory appear frequently in the Wall Street Journal, American Affairs, National Review and other publications. Most recently, he is the author of The Virtue of Nationalism (Basic Books, 2018), as well as God and Politics in Esther (Cambridge University Press, 2016), The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul (Basic Books, 2000).

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Aurelian Craiutu Aurelian Craiutu is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Adjunct Professor in the American Studies Program and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI, Indianapolis. He is also affiliated with the Russian and East European Institute, the Institute for European Studies, the Ostrom Workshop, and the Lilly School of Philanthropic Studies. Professor Craiutu’s research interests include French political and social thought (Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Constant, Madame de Staël, Guizot, Aron), political ideologies (liberalism, conservatism) as well as theories of transition to democracy and democratic consolidation (mostly Central and Eastern Europe). His two most recent books are A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830 (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). Since 2018, he has been Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center in Washington, D.C.

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The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. Central concerns of the Center include the inalienable rights of all humanity, the principles of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism, the nature and preservation of free political institutions, and the application of principles of the American founding and Constitution to contemporary issues.

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