Summer Seminar in Classical Liberalism

May 22 – 26, 2023 | AIER’s Campus in Great Barrington, MA

At this seminar we will explore classical liberalism in theory and in practice. During our time together, we will examine the origins of classical liberalism, beginning with discussion of the emergence and development of classical liberal thought in the work of Hobbes, Locke, the American Founders, and others.

Using the work of Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick, and others alongside contemporary classical liberals including Deirdre McCloskey, Robert Higgs, Terry Anderson, James Otteson, and others, we will explore how the application of classical liberal principles impacts both individuals as well as whole societies. We conclude by examining how those principles suggest better approaches to government, public policy, and social organization.

These seminars are designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduates and will be conducted by both distinguished classical liberal academics at universities and AIER scholars.

AIER provides all meals, accommodations, and travel.

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