The McDonald Center will host a conference on “Alexander Hamilton’s ideas on war and peace”


MACON – Mercer University’s Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles will host Dr. Peter McNamara of Arizona State University on April 4 for the closing event of its 2021-2022 speaker series.

Dr Peter McNamara

Dr. McNamara, professor of practice at Arizona State’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, will speak on “Alexander Hamilton’s Ideas on War and Peace” at 6 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room of the university center.

“We are very pleased to have a researcher of Professor McNamara’s caliber to come to campus and share his thoughts in a public lecture as well as with our America’s Founding Principles course,” said Dr. Will Jordan, associate professor of political science and co-director of the McDonald Center. “Recent events reveal the continuing importance of thinking about issues of war policy, and it is worth revisiting the thoughts of Hamilton, one of the finest strategic thinkers in American history.”

Dr. McNamara’s research and teaching focus on American political thought, modern political thought, and political economy. He also specializes in the American Foundation and Alexander Hamilton.

He is the author of Political Economy and Politics: Smith, Hamilton, and the Foundation of the Commercial Republiceditor of The Noblest Minds: Glory, Honor, and American Foundation and co-editor of Liberalism, conservatism and Hayek’s idea of ​​spontaneous order.

He has written on a variety of other topics, including Hayek’s moral theory, political expediency, Jeffersonian federalism, and the intellectual origins of business schools.

Dr. McNamara received his BA in Economics with First Class Honors from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College.

About the Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles

The Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles exists to complement Mercer University’s excellent liberal arts program with a redoubled commitment to the foundational texts and ideas that have shaped civilization Western and American political order. This focus on the foundational texts of the Western tradition helps revitalize a cross-century dialogue on citizenship, human rights, and political, economic, and religious freedom, thereby deepening moral imagination and fostering civic literacy and cultural.

McDonald Center programming includes the annual AV Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas, student-teacher reading groups, a general education course on America’s Founding Principles, great books summer programs for high school teachers and students and undergraduate research scholarships. All programs are designed to reinforce Mercer’s longstanding role as a distinctive home of liberal learning, a place where serious students come to live the life of the spirit and emerge as more thoughtful and engaged citizens.


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