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Peter Lawler

Professor of Government, Berry College

Peter Lawler is Dana Professor of Government and former chair of the department of Government and International Studies at Berry College. He serves as executive editor of the journal Perspectives on Political Science, and has been chair of the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He also served on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He has written or edited fifteen books and over 200 articles and chapters in a wide variety of venues. He was the 2007 winner of the Weaver Prize in Scholarly Letters.rnrnLawler served on President Bush's Council on Bioethics from 2004 – 09. His most recent book, Modern and American Dignity, is available from ISI Books.rnrnFollow him on Twitter @peteralawler.

Our Classy President

I thought I’d call attention to one conservative appreciation among many of the President Obama’s speech in Tuscon. From Peter Wehner’s post on the Commentary magazine blog “Contentions”: The president resisted […]

Darwinian Larry Responds…

The leading Darwinian conservative has done me the honor of responding to my previous post, including the excellent comment by Brendan Foht.  According to Larry, the criticism of him for rejecting the idea of […]

Darwinian Conservatism?

There’s a lot of talk on BIG THINK about evolutionary explanations of this or that human behavior.  They’re all pretty fascinating, although far from completely convincing. Darwinian explanations, for what […]

Being Old These Days

The good news is, of course, is that the old are living longer and healthier than ever.  But, as I explained, the news in not all good for us old guys in […]

Holiday Movies

So it turns out there are actually three outstanding holiday movies–TRUE GRIT, THE KING’S SPEECH, and THE FIGHTER. True Grit is, as I’ve said, very ambitious and philosophically pretentious.  It […]

Being Progressive?

1. The Tea Partiers–and many other conservatives–distinguish between the view of our Founders (good) and that of the Progressives (bad).  The Progressives (beginning around the turn of the 20th century) […]

More Gritty (Fishy?) Truth

So my “True Grit” post got a lot of response (unfortunately not below) on Facebook and by email and all that–mostly critical.  One particularly astute critic–Ken Masugi–accused me of being in […]

More on Being Personal Today

So this post–like some others–is meant to be diagnostic.  It’s a postmodern and conservative observation on who sophisticated Americans think they are these days.  As an attempt to be an […]