An examination of capitalism from moral and philosophical perspectives, raising questions about the proper interplay of business and government in a free-enterprise system. Designed for students who are familiar with classical liberal principles and interested in the ethical foundations of free markets.
Morality, Capitalism & Freedom
The Morality, Capitalism & Freedom seminar raises central questions about the morality of capitalism, examining its historical roots and its role in free societies. Reading and discussing ideas from Robert Nozick, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand, and F.A. Hayek, participants dig into a rigorous, interdisciplinary study of capitalism in relation to human nature, society, and government.
Students and faculty will put principles to work, applying timeless ideals to pressing issues—past and present.
- What is the government’s proper relationship to the economy?
- How can free markets promote human flourishing?
- Do property rights matter? How should they work in current society?
- What is the history of capitalism as an organizing principle for society?
The faculty includes professors from a range of disciplines including economics, philosophy, literature, political science, and business. Read about the speakers at each seminar.
Students are responsible for travel costs; IHS covers program costs, books, housing, and meals.
"The seminar was one of the most thought-provoking weeks in my life." – Jennifer Ghandi