The Conservative Case Against the Constitution

March 10, 2011
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Patrick DeneenTsakopoulos-Kounalakis Chair, Associate Professor of Government; Director, Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, Georgetown University
Author of The Odyssey of Political Theory: The Politics of Departure and Return (2000), and Democratic Faith (2005) 

Patrick J. Deneen is Associate Professor of Government and holds the Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Chair in Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. His interests include ancient political thought, American political thought, democratic theory, religion and politics, and literature and politics. He is the author of The Odyssey of Political Theory (2000) and Democratic Faith (2005), as well as co-editor of a book entitled Democracy's Literature (2005). He has also published a number of articles and reviews in such journals as Political Theory, Social Research, Polity, Polis, First Things, The Weekly Standard, Perspectives on Political Science, Society, The Hedgehog Review, and Commonweal.

In 1995, Deneen was the recipient of the A.P.S.A.'s Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Philosophy. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown he taught from 1997-2005 at Princeton University, where he held the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preceptorship. In 2008-2009, he was the Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow of the James Madison Program. From 1995-1997 he was Special Assistant and principal Speechwriter for Joseph Duffey, Director of the United States Information Agency. He has presented work and lectured widely, including at such institutions as University of Maryland, University of Virginia, Berry College, University of Chicago, Colby College, Harvard University, Indiana University, Rutgers University, University of Tulsa, Valparaiso University, and Yale University.

In 2006 Deneen became the Founding Director of "The Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy," an initiative at Georgetown University that seeks to preserve and extend understanding of America's founding principles and their roots in the Western philosophical and religious traditions. He is currently working on a book examining the concept of the division of labor in Western political thought.

He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.


The Conservative Case Against the Constitution


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