Bruce P. Frohnen

Bruce P. Frohnen is a Senior Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.

Bruce Frohnen

He is Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law.

He has served as Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Jurisprudence at Colgate University, Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Legislative Aide to a United States Senator, and Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc. He has authored or co-authored three books and over 100 articles, essays, book chapters and reviews. His co-edited volume American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia was the subject of a front page article in the New York Times. His two most recent edited volumes, The American Nation: Primary Sources and Rethinking Rights (with Kenneth Grasso) were named Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. His research interests focus on the nature, development, and prospects for constitutionalism and human rights given changing views regarding the nature of human community and the person. He teaches a wide range of courses, from Commercial and Property Law to Law and Politics and Political Philosophy. He holds a JD from the Emory University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

The moral imagination is the principal possession that man does not share with the beasts. It is man’s power to perceive ethical truth, abiding law, in the seeming chaos of many events. Without the moral imagination, man would live merely day to day, or rather moment to moment, as dogs do. It is the strange faculty—inexplicable if men are assumed to have an animal nature only—of discerning greatness, justice, and order, beyond the bars of appetite and self-interest.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969

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Highlights

Kirk on Campus Hosts Douthat, Tanenbaum, and Bauerlein at Hope College

Join Kirk on Campus at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m., for a spirited conversation with Ross Douthat of the New York Times, Sam Tanenhaus of the New York Times, Mark Bauerlein of First Things, moderated by Hope College’s Jeff Polet, about how the American conservative and progressive movements are being reshaped by 2016 election and the Trump presidency, and what it means for the future. Register for this free event here.

Nov 2017

Announcing Kirk on Campus

We are pleased to announce a web presence for Kirk on Campus, our new project that celebrates and defends the permanent things at America’s colleges and universities. As a unique source of cultural conservative thought, Kirk on Campus fills a critical niche in the national conversation. The program will bring scholars unashamed but not uncritical of the great legacy of America and the West to schools across Michigan and its neighboring region. In doing so it will help contribute to a greater variety of thought and informed opinion, as well as to cultivate much-need civilized discourse.

Nov 2017

Edwards on Kirk

Lee Edwards has written an essay on Kirk in the Fall 2017 edition of Modern Age—“The Mind Behind ‘The Conservative Mind’,” outlining the unique traits of character, background, and mind that enabled Kirk to write his catalytic book, The Conservative Mind.

Nov 2017