Civil Discourse


Can Classical and Christian Ideas Sustain Liberalism?

Can Classical and Christian Ideas Sustain Liberalism?

Both classical and Christian thought unequivocally endorse virtues such as courage, temperance, civility, and prudence. The virtues embedded in those traditions have sustained liberalism in the past, but what some identify as liberalism’s drift towards moral relativism can make teaching those traditions a delicate balancing act. 

IHS and Gray Center Study Civil Society

IHS and Gray Center Study Civil Society

IHS partnered with the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University to convene an online discussion colloquium aimed at discovering those lessons and applying them to current debates about American politics and the administrative state.

Danielle Allen - Civil Discourse

Danielle Allen on the Declaration of Independence and Self-Governance

The Declaration is a statement of both principle and action. The people are free to exercise their emancipated judgement in their own and collective interest through self-governance. For this to work, citizens must lay a foundation of shared principles and collectively organize the powers of government to promote their safety and happiness.

Danielle Allen - Civil Discourse

What is the Impact of Civil Discourse within a Liberal Democracy?

As an IHS Distinguished Fellow, Allen is no stranger to discussions on the future of liberalism in America. As a facet of the IHS Discourse Initiative, distinguished fellows convene for a series of conversations among scholars from across the ideological spectrum with the goal to respond to illiberal and authoritarian top-down solutions through open dialogue within the academy.

Liberty and the Early Chinese State - A Discussion on China's History

Liberty and the Early Chinese State – A Discussion on China’s History

In the spring of 2021, a mixed audience of graduate students and faculty convened as part of the Institute for Humane Studies’ Advanced Topics series of discussion colloquia co-sponsored with Liberty Fund. In a Socratic discussion, these scholars tackled the topic of “Liberty and the Struggle for the Early Chinese State,” with historian Stephen Davies serving as the discussion leader.

Robert Talisse

How Can We Sustain Our Democracy?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Talisse had limited access to campus resources, including the library and his own office. The Hayek Fund helped Talisse purchase books and secured the resources needed to finish his book.

Adam Smith

Ryan Patrick Hanley on What Adam Smith Can Teach Us

Dr. Ryan Patrick Hanley, Professor of Political Science at Boston College, believes that Smith’s first book, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” (1759), can inform and ultimately equip us with the moral philosophy needed to counter the illiberal trends that have swept up many, leading to a performative and disingenuous discourse.

FSOI Grants Help to Fill Void in Civil Discourse

FSOI Grants Help to Fill Void in Civil Discourse

Free speech has become a major sore spot in our public discourse. Limits on free speech are gaining support, especially on college campuses, where it’s reported that most academic institutions restrict free speech in at least one way.