Class 10: The Extended Republic

Political Science

Course on “Basic Principles of the Original American Constitution

Taught by Dr. Christopher Wolfe

CLASS 10: “The Extended Republic”

Today we turn to the extended republic. This is one of the most important arguments that the founders made, and it has enormous consequences for the way that American Government acts in practice. We want to pay close attention to the unfolding of this argument, especially as it is expressed in Federalist no. 10. We also want to examine how the argument is intended to refute the “small republic argument” of the political philosopher Montesquieu.
Christopher Wolfe is emeritus professor of political science at Marquette University, and served as co-director of the Thomas International Center from 2005 to 2014.  He currently teaches at the University of Dallas. His main area of research and teaching for two decades was Constitutional Law and American Political Thought, and he is the author of various books, the best known of which is The Rise of Modern Judicial Review, which Judge Robert Bork, in a 2006 Wall Street Journal contribution, listed as one of the five best books on the Constitution.