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The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles

October 4, 2007
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Thomas L. Pangle, Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Endowed by the late Herbert "Wiley" Vaughan, founding member of the Madison Program's Advisory Council, the Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles is an endowed Princeton University lecture that is hosted by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics.  Its purpose is to promote and advance understanding of the founding principles and core doctrines of American constitutionalism. 

Thomas L. Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He has won Guggenheim and four National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He has been awarded the Robert Foster Cherry Great Teacher of the World Prize, Baylor University. At the invitation of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences he recently delivered the Werner Heisenberg Memorial Prize Lecture.

He is General Editor of The Agora Editions (Cornell U. Press), and is a member of the editorial boards of Political Research Quarterly and Polis, Journal of the Society for the Study of Greek Political Thought; of the Research Council, International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.

He is the author of Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism (U. of Chicago Press, 1973); The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The Moral Vision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke (U. of Chicago Press, 1988); The Ennobling of Democracy: The Challenge of the Postmodern Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992); The Learning of Liberty: The Educational Ideas of the American Founders, co-authored with wife Lorraine (Univ. Press of Kansas, 1993); Justice Among Nations: On the Moral Basis of Power and Peace, co-authored with Peter J. Ahrensdorf (University Press of Kansas, 1999); Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2003); and Leo Strauss: An Introduction to His Thought and Intellectual Legacy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).

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