2018 APPI Annual Dinner2018 APPI SUMMER SEMINARCurrent Challenge of American Public PhilosophyMeet our Leadership Team

2018 APPI Annual Dinner

February 7, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Dallas Country Club

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"Natural Law in the American Political Tradition"
July 22-27, 2018 at the University of Dallas
Application Deadline: April 9, 2018

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Current Challenge of American Public Philosophy

The conviction upon which this Institute is founded is that twenty-first century America faces a profound moral crisis, which manifests itself in a variety of deep social fissures and public policy problems.

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Meet our Leadership Team

About APPI Leadership

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Promote a natural law public philosophy rooted in the principles of the American Founding – one that pursues freedom and prosperity, grounded on the moral integrity of the culture and of our social and political institutions.


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One of the best introductions to the thought of St. Thomas can be found in G.K Chesterton’s brief and accessible The Dumb Ox. Download it from our Resources section.


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To me, it really seems visible today that ethics is not something exterior to the economy, which, as technical matter, could function on its own; rather, ethics is an interior principle of the economy itself, which cannot function if it does not take account of the human values of solidarity and reciprocal responsibility.

Pope Benedict

On Ethics
We should challenge the relativism that tells us there is no right or wrong, when every instinct of our mind knows it is not so, and is a mere excuse to allow us to indulge in what we believe we can get away with. A world without values quickly becomes a world without value.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Has Europe Lost Its Soul?
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labour to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them. . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

George Washington

Farewell Address
Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. Religion is much more necessary in the republic which they set forth in glowing colors than in the monarchy which they attack; and it is more needed in democratic republics than in any others. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie be not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? and what can be done with a people which is its own master, if it be not submissive to the Divinity?

Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy In America