Paul Rahe Contemporary Club

Salon Discussion | Dr. Paul Rahe | March 28, 2024

On March 28th at the Indiana Historical Society, we held a salon discussion led by Dr. Paul Rahe partnering with Stan Cuppy and the Contemporary Club. The event included a rare book exhibit featuring some of our many historical works, a three-course meal, as well as an hour long discussion by our guest speaker. In this discussion we explored the differences and parallels between American Republicanism and Classical Republicanism.

Dr. Paul Rahe, a distinguished professor at Hillsdale College, brings a wealth of knowledge to this discussion. His first book, Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution (1992), was 1200 pages in length and surveyed the origins and development of self-government in ancient Greece and Rome, its re-emergence in a new form in the Middle Ages, the transformation it underwent at the hands of the political philosophers of early modernity, and the statesmanship of the American Founding Fathers. Professor Rahe has also published dozens of chapters on related subjects in edited books and scholarly articles in journals such as The American Journal of Philology, Historia, The American Journal of Archaeology, The American Historical Review, The Review of Politics, The American Journal of Business and Professional Ethics, The Journal of the Historical Society, The National Interest, The Woodrow Wilson Quarterly, and History of Political Thought.

Classical Works Exhibition Included:
  • The Federalist by Hamilton, Madison, Jay, 1788
  • Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas, 1742-1745
  • Declaration of Independence (3rd Dunlap Printing), 1777
  • Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency by David Ricardo, 1816
  • Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776
  • Constitution by United States Congress, 1828
  • Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith, 1759
  • History of England by David Hume, 1807
  • Journal of the First Session of the Senate by United States Congress, 1789
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine, 1776
  • Magna Carta, ca 1350
  • Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle, 1488
  • Gorgias by Plato, 1475-1480
  • The Decline and Fall of the English System of Finance by Thomas Paine, 1796
  • Vulgate Bible, ca 1240
Modern Reading:
  • Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig von Mises, 1912