THE ACADEMY OF PHILOSOPHY AND LETTERS
was founded in recognition that the direction of society is set by its most deeply held beliefs and aspirations. These are molded by culture in the broad sense, as represented by universities, the arts, churches, publishing, museums, and entertainment. Acting on the minds, imaginations, and moral-spiritual sensibilities of a society’s members, the culture shapes their general perception of reality and their likes and dislikes—for good or ill. Politics does not operate independently of the culture but reflects it. Though politics can also shape culture, being able to exert educational and other cultural influence is ultimately more important than winning elections. Major and long-range change presupposes a transformation of the culture. Read More

June 2014 Conference

Our annual conference took place June 6-8 near Baltimore, Maryland. The theme was “Civil Religion and American Self-Understanding.Read More

member publications

What is 'Ethical Conservatism'?

Brian Patrick Mitchell • The American Conservative

Statesmanship and the Dangers of Civil Religion

Bruce Frohnen • The Imaginative Conservative

A Desperate Man

Claes G. Ryn, Athena Books, 672 pages

The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic

Michael P. Federici, Richard M Gamble and Mark T Mitchell (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, 236 pages

An Empire of Ideals: The Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan

Justin D. Garrison, Routledge, 252 pages

In Search of the City on a Hill:
The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth

Richard M. Gamble, Continuum, 224 pages

Debt and Sovereignty: The Lost Lessons

Brian P. Mitchell • Humanitas

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news and announcements

Michael Federici to Debate

NHI President Michael Federici, PhD, and historian Michael Schwarz, PhD, will debate the relative merits of two central American founders, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, at the University of Louisville.
September 12

Claes Ryn Novel Released in Paperback
A Desperate Man, the novel recently published by former APL president Claes Ryn, has now been released in paperback.
January 15, 2014

Essay collection edited by Michael P. Federici, Richard M. Gamble, and Mark T. Mitchell published

The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic is a collection of thirteen essays from a broad range of scholars and independent authors, evaluating the prevalence of immodesty in various aspects of American life and culture.

Justin D. Garrison's An Empire of Ideals: The Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan Published

Garrison provides an original and groundbreaking analysis of Ronald Reagan’s imagination as it was expressed mainly in his presidential speeches.

Claes Ryn Interviewed on "The Bookman's Corner"

Ryn discussed his recent novel, A Desperate Man, on the Washington, DC, area television show.

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