Liberty & Society: Beyond the Foundations of Freedom

Think critically about timeless questions related to the relationship between liberty and society, examining them through the interdisciplinary lens of economics, philosophy, history, political science, and more. Intended for those who have a solid understanding of fundamental classical liberal principles and thinkers, these seminars go beyond the basics of free markets to explore more sophisticated arguments for liberty.​

June 4 – 8, 2015 ● Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

June 27 – July 3, 2015 ● Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA


Liberty & Society: Beyond the Foundations of Freedom

Throughout the course of human history, no ideas have affected humankind as much as the ideas of liberty and a free society. This seminar will challenge you to think critically about timeless questions related to the crucial relationship between liberty and society. Moreover, you’ll go beyond the confines of your own studies to examine these questions through the interdisciplinary lens of economics, philosophy, history, political science, and more. If you’re passionate about making the world a better place to live and are ready to take your studies beyond the basics, this seminar is for you.

Intended for those who have a solid understanding of fundamental classical liberal principles and thinkers, these seminars go beyond the basics of free markets to explore more sophisticated arguments for liberty in the humanities and social sciences. Here you’ll delve deeper into the ideas of Hayek, Nozick, Mises and Adam Smith as you engage in lively discussions on the rule of law and classical liberal thought from a historical perspective.

Lectures and breakout sessions will cover topics like the following:

  • Advanced Austrian and public choice economics
  • The differences between the methods and purposes of the social sciences
  • The limitations of constitutions and other governmental framing documents
  • Polycentric law and individual rights