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The Professions and Civic Culture
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
This project explores the role of specific professions in a modern, liberal democratic society and their effect on the civic culture of the nation. Each essay analyzes and comments on a profession and its impact on the character and quality of American citizenship today. Among the questions we will address are:
- What is distinctive (or not) about the specific profession as it came to be practiced in the United States?
- Given the specialized knowledge, training, and sometimes licensing of a profession, what do the professions perceive to be their role in promoting the larger common good? Is that perspective adequate? If not, what might its shortfalls be and how might one develop a corrective for those shortfalls?
- How can we bring professionals’ expert knowledge to bear on social problems in an open and deliberative way?
- Is the “ethic” of a particular profession at odds with the American conception of self-government and/or a healthy civic life?
To learn more about our work, please contact Rebecca Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Aaron MacLean, America’s Military Profession: Creating Hectors, not Achilles, Citizenship Policy Brief (October 2014)
- Austin L. Hughes, The Practice of Science in a Democratic Society, Citizenship Policy Brief #17 (March 2014)
- Michael J. Lewis, Architects and Citizenship, Citizenship Policy Brief #15 (February 2014)
- Adam J. White, Tocqueville’s ‘Most Powerful Barrier’: Lawyers in Civic Society, Citizenship Policy Brief #13 (September 2013)
- James W. Ceaser, The Role of Political Science and Political Scientists in Civic Education, Citizenship Policy Brief #12 (August 2013)
- Christopher Caldwell, The Future of Journalism and Citizenship, Citizenship Policy Brief #11 (July 2013)
- Paul A. Cantor, The Literary Profession and Civic Culture, Citizenship Policy Brief #10 (May 2013)
- David Tucker and Nathan Tucker, Music and Civic Life in America, Citizenship Policy Brief #9 (May 2013)
- Steven E. Rhoads, Economists and Res Publica: The Virtues and Limits of Economic Analysis, Citizenship Policy Brief #3 (November 2012)
- Rita Koganzon, Educating for Liberty? The Shortcomings of Contemporary Civic Education Theories, Citizenship Policy Brief #2 (August 2012)