Seminar: Selections from Tocqueville’s Democracy in America with Peter McNamara

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May 17, 2014


10:30 am - 12:30 pm


UCLA Law School Building Room 2442
385 Charles E Young Drive East #1112
Los Angeles

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Registration for the seminar with Peter McNamara is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited in order to assure a participatory discussion, advance enrollment is necessary. This will be done primarily on a first come, first served basis, except that some spaces may be held temporarily for UCLA students and faculty members. Readings will be distributed in advance to participants, who will be expected to read them and participate actively in the discussion. A pizza lunch will be delivered at the end of the seminar.


To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at


Peter McNamara ( teaches political theory at Utah State University. He specializes in early modern and American political thought.  He is the author of Political Economy and Statesmanship: Smith, Hamilton and the Foundation of the Commercial Republic and the editor of The Noblest Minds: Fame, Honor and the American Founding, and, most recently (with Louis Hunt), Liberalism, Conservatism and Hayek’s Idea of Spontaneous Order.  His current research projects include essays on Jefferson on federalism and Franklin on religion and a book on “Liberalism and the Problem of Human Nature”.  In the Fall of 2008 he was the Hayek Visiting Scholar at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University, South Carolina.  McNamara earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College in 1991.


Professor McNamara’s visit is part of CLAFI’s Commercial Republic Project (, which is made possible in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and through support from the John Templeton Foundation.