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

Spring 2016 Newsletter

The Spring 2016 issue of the Kirk Center’s newsletter, Permanent Things, is now available for download. This issue features reports of participation in a liberal–conservative summit held by the Kirk Center and the Hauenstein Center, recent seminars, and a profile of a new archivist helping to digitize the Kirk archives.

Jul 2016

Upcoming APL Conference

The annual conference of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters will be held in Baltimore, MD on May 27–29. The theme for 2016 is “The Benedict Option: The Problems of Culture in Times of Crisis,” and there will also be a panel on “The Mecosta Option.” Bruce Frohnen and Ian Crowe are among the featured panelists. See the APL website at philosophyandletters.org for more information and to register.

May 2016

RIP Justice Scalia

We marked the passing of Antonin Scalia with a tribute in the University Bookman. Justice Scalia wrote a letter to Annette Kirk in 2003 on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of The Conservative Mind, noting his admiration for Russell Kirk and his writings.

Mar 2016