Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes Book Panel

Jan 26, 2017
2:00pm3:30pm
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus Mason Hall D180 Fairfax, VA 22030

Event Speakers

Peter J. Boettke

Director, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Aurelian Craiutu

(Author), Professor of Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington

Joshua Cherniss

Assistant Professor of Government, Georgetown University

Karol Soltan

Associate Professor of Government & Politics, University of Maryland, College Park

Moderation is the foundation of many successful governments and institutions because competition between parties cannot properly function without compromise and bargaining. However, extremes persist in both the conceptual discourse of many political philosophers and the campaign speeches of politicians fearful of losing elections if they are perceived as moderates. How can we reconcile the virtue of moderation with the popularity of extremes in public life and party politics?

In his new book Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes, Aurelian Craiutu aims to resolve this paradox. Examining the writings of prominent twentieth-century thinkers such as Raymond Aron, Isaiah Berlin, Norberto Bobbio, Michael Oakeshott, and Adam Michnik, Craiutu addresses the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be a moderate voice in political and public life?
  • What are the virtues and limits of moderation?
  • Can moderation be the foundation for a successful platform or party?

Please join the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a panel discussion featuring author and Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Aurelian Craiutu and his new book Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes.

The panel will also include panel chair Peter Boettke and commenters Joshua Cherniss, Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University, and Karol Soltan, Assistant Professor of Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park.