Skip to main content

Filangieri, the Founding Fathers, and the Culture of Human Rights

It is a well known fact that Gaetano Filangieri was an admirer of the American Revolution. In his view ― as he wrote in his Science of Legislation of 1780 ― Pennsylvania was “a nation of heroes, the asylum of liberty, and the admiration of the universe.” (The Science of Legislation, Engl. transl., printed for Thomas Ostell by Emery and Adams 1806, I, xi, 150). Of the several posthumous editions of this great work, one was dedicated to George Washington and another to Thomas Jefferson. He corresponded with Benjamin Franklin to whom he asked to be invited “to participate in the great Constitution being prepared in the United Provinces of America, the laws of which are to determine not only their fate, but also the destiny of the whole of this new emisphere.” (Quoted in A. Pace, Benjamin Franklin and Italy, American Philosophical Society,
Philadelphia 1958, p.151)

View PDF

Related Articles

Transcript: The Future of Iran: A Conversation with Reza Pahlavi

Michael Doran

Following is the full transcript of the January 15th, 2020 Hudson event titled, The Future of Iran: A Conversation with Reza Pahlavi ...

Continue Reading

Africa’s Young Christian Communities Are Now in Islamic-Extremist Crosshairs

Nina Shea

An ongoing Islamic extremist project to exterminate Christians in sub-Saharan Africa is even more brutal and more consequential for the Church than it...

Continue Reading

The Realignment Ep. 20: The Afghanistan Papers, Bonus Episode with Douglas Feith and John Walters

Saagar Enjeti et al.

In this season one bonus episode we talk to Hudson Institute’s John Walters and Douglas Feith about the explosive Afghanistan Papers and reflect on th...

Listen Now