About Gregory S. Ahern

Gregory S. Ahern is a Fellow in Constitutional Theory at The Center for Constitutional Studies where his research focuses on the Founding Period, American Constitutionalism, and John Dickinson. Dr. Ahern holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory from the Catholic University of America.

The Spirit of American Constitutionalism

By |2019-04-18T13:23:20-05:00September 24th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Edmund Burke, Featured, Federalist Papers, John Dickinson, Timeless Essays|

The Constitution described by the Letters of Fabius is a model of prudence and moderation, based not primarily on theoretical arguments, but on experience and an extensive knowledge of history… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Gregory S. Ahern as he explores how John Dickinson’s Fabius Letters influenced the Constitutional Convention. —W. [...]

The Spirit of American Constitutionalism: The Fabius Letters

By |2019-09-24T10:32:28-05:00May 12th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Fabius, Featured, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Dickinson|Tags: |

Though virtually ignored by scholars in recent decades, John Dickinson was one of the most influential of the American Founders. When he entered the Pennsylvania State House in May 1787, as Delaware’s delegate to the Constitutional Convention, he was one of the most knowledgeable and experienced statesmen to attend the Grand Convention. Colonial legislator, “Penman [...]

The Basis of the American Republic: Virtue, Wisdom & Experience

By |2013-12-10T20:00:50-06:00March 2nd, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Politics, Virtue|Tags: |

In Natural Right and History, Leo Strauss writes that “Prescription cannot be the sole authority for a constitution, and, therefore, recourse to rights anterior to the constitution, i.e., to natural rights, cannot be superfluous unless prescription itself is a sufficient guarantee of goodness.”[1] Such a characterization results in the accusation that those who hold to prescription [...]

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