Breyer addressing World Affairs Council in Philly

Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing; "Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

October 13, 2011 8:53:58 AM PDT
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is set to address the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia on Thursday.

He is expected to discuss his thoughts on how the high court can help foster democracy and promote a workable government.

Breyer is the author of a new book called "Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View."

The justice describes his approach to the court as pragmatic, applying unwavering constitutional principles to ever-changing circumstances.

The 73-year-old Breyer taught at Harvard Law School before President Bill Clinton appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1994.