Gerard V. Bradley

Gerard V. Bradley

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Gerard V. Bradley is a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, where he directs (with John Finnis) the Natural Law Institute and coedits the American Journal of Jurisprudence, an international forum for legal philosophy. Bradley, who was for many years president of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, received his BA and JD degrees from Cornell University, graduating summa cum laude from the law school in 1980. After practicing as a prosecutor in Manhattan, he joined the law faculty at the University of Illinois. In 1992, he moved to Notre Dame. Bradley has published more than one hundred scholarly articles and reviews. His most recent books are A Student's Guide to the Study of Law (ISI 2006); Essays on Law, Morality and Religion (Scranton, 2009); and A Brief History of Religious Liberty in America (Heritage Foundation, 2008).

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Endangered Virtues

by Bruce Berkowitz, Russell Muirhead, Clifford Orwin, Harvey C. Mansfield, Diana Schaub, James W. Ceaser, William Damon, Gerard V. Bradley, Tod Lindbergvia Analysis
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Endangered Virtues essay series is an online volume, written by members of Hoover’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society that rests on several shared convictions: that the American constitutional tradition is a source of wisdom about the mutual dependence of liberty and virtue and the tension between them; that the tradition places primary responsibility for the cultivation of the virtues on which liberty depends not on government but on the institutions of civil society, particularly the family and faith but also on education, work, and civic life; that in recent decades and owing to a variety of causes—social, cultural, economic, and political—those virtues and the sources that sustain have been exposed to danger and are weakening; and that renewing the virtues and the sources that sustain them is an urgent task.