Ethics & Public Policy Center

Conference: Public Spirit and Public Virtue


Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001


EPPC is pleased to partner with the Acton Institute in presenting this one-day conference on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wilfred McClay, a member of EPPC’s board of directors, will be a featured speaker at the conference.

In an increasingly globalized and pluralized world it becomes progressively more difficult to define the public virtues that have delineated the West, and as a result, harder to safe-guard the freedoms—economic, political, and religious—which are the fruits of those virtues. A citizen who possesses “town spirit,” according to Alexis de Tocqueville, is one who “focuses his affections and his hopes on the town, who knows how to take his place there and to participate in its governance.” This spirit is the result of the visible presence of public virtue—“a free and strong corporate body…which merits the trouble of trying to direct it.” This one-day conference will examine the ways in which the Western world might see a revival of public spirit through public virtue and remain a civilization marked by “order and public tranquility” that only this spirit and virtue can provide.

Click here to view a schedule of the event (PDF).

For more information, including details on how to register to attend, click here.

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