The notions of Freedom weren’t just handed to us. They were ideas raised and refined over the course of history. And they’re still being refined today. That’s why this seminar will provide you with the long-term view you need to understand where the ideas and dialogue of liberty are going by having a better idea of where they’ve been.
Foundations of Liberty: Historical Perspectives
History, Institute of Economic Affairs
Stephen Davies is a program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies and the education director at the Institute of Economics Affairs in London.
Dr. Davies attended the University of St. Andrews from 1972 to 1976, graduating with a First Class degree in History. He also obtained his PhD from the same university in 1984, on the topic of the Scottish criminal justice system before the abolition of private courts.
He formerly taught at Manchester Metropolitan University where he was a senior lecturer. His academic and research interests include the history of crime and criminal justice, the history of ideas and political thought, comparative economic history, and the history of the private supply of public goods. He teaches, amongst other topics, courses on the history of crime and punishment in Britain, and the history of the Devil.
He has published a number of books and articles on a wide range of topics. His books include The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (edited with Dr. Nigel Ashford of IHS) and just recently Empiricism and History. Among his published essays are two in the recently published collection The Voluntary City, on the subjects of the private provision of law enforcement and the use of markets and property to plan urban growth. (On a side note, Dr. Davies is not a supporter of Manchester United!)
Philsophy, College of William and Mary
Christopher Freiman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2010, specializing in social and political philosophy. His work has appeared in venues such as Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy.
Economics, Brown University
Jayme Lemke (PhD, Economics, George Mason University, 2013) is an economist whose interests include constitutional political economy, public choice, and economic history. The confluence of these interests motivates an ongoing research project in which she analyzes the economic forces behind gender disparate political and legal institutions in 19th century British and United States history. In addition to this project on the economic forces shaping women’s legal status, her other current research interests include understanding political systems as the outcomes of self-governing processes and evaluating alternative methods of understanding these systems.