Tara Smith: Constitutionalism—The Backbone of Objective Law

On the occasion of the bicentennial of the Norwegian constitution, we invite to a lecture on constitutionalism by Dr. Tara Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas.

Wednesday, May 14 at 6:15pm. Håndverkeren, Kristian IV gate, Oslo.

The lecture is hosted by Foreningen for Studium av Objektivismen (The Norwegian Objectivist Association).



This lecture explores the meaning and value of legal constitutionalism by situating it in the context of other fundamental legal ideals. Thus we will consider: What, in essence, is the Rule of Law? What is required to have objective law? And what role does a constitution properly play if a society is to enjoy these?

Our answer will elaborate on the core of what a proper constitution is and does. We will also comment on the historical evolution of the idea of constitutions and on the status of that idea today: What are the greatest threats—intellectual as well as more practically political—to proper constitutional governance?

Tara Smith, PhD, Philosophy, 1989, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Smith is professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, where she holds the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and the Anthem Foundation Fellowship. A specialist in moral, legal and political philosophy, she has published books on values, virtues and individual rights, and is now writing a book on objectivity in judicial review.