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Liberalism, Then and Now

From The Federalist to Tocqueville and down to the present day, the role of liberalism (under a variety of names), and relatedly of freedom and virtue, have been described and debated by observers of the American experiment. In this course, we begin with accounts of the American Founding and its principles, as well as the thinkers who inspired it, and then consider contemporary diagnoses of America as well as prescriptions for its future.

 

 

Sample readings:

  • Harvey Mansfield Jr., America’s Constitutional Soul
  • Charles Murray, Coming Apart
  • Charles Murray, In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government 

 

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