Irving Kristol and the Neoconservative Persuasion
Bradley Lecture by William Kristol
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The recent publication of forty-seven heretofore uncollected essays by the late Irving Kristol (The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942–2009, Basic Books) provides an occasion for a fresh consideration of that "persuasion." What is the neoconservative persuasion, where did it come from, and where does it lead? It also provides an occasion for a fresh consideration of the thought of Irving Kristol--especially in light of the recovery of early and unfamiliar essays on W. H. Auden, Lionel Trilling, and Leo Strauss, as well as on religion and political philosophy. William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and author of the foreword to the volume of his father’s essays, will give this March Bradley lecture.


5:15 p.m.


WILLIAM KRISTOL, The Weekly Standard

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Adjournment and Wine and Cheese Reception

William Kristol is the founder and editor of the Weekly Standard. He is also a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday and a contributor to the Fox News Channel. Before founding the Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Before that, he was chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the George H. W. Bush administration and to Education Secretary William Bennett in the Reagan administration. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Mr. Kristol was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pennsylvania’s political science department. He has published widely in areas ranging from foreign policy to constitutional law to political philosophy.
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