A Note on Terminology: Classical Liberalism

Freedom and Tradition: An Introduction to Classical Liberalism and Conservatism A Course with Professor Thomas Patrick Burke Fall 2006 Properly speaking, the correct term for “classical liberalism” is simply “liberalism.” Outside of the U.S., the word “liberal” everywhere, including other English-speaking countries such as England and Australia, means just what …(Read More)

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Lecture 1: The Idea of a Free Society

Freedom and Tradition: An Introduction to Classical Liberalism and Conservatism A Course with Professor Thomas Patrick Burke Fall 2006 Historical Background The idea of a free society in our modern sense of the term emerged first in England in the 17th century, a product of the English Enlightenment. Why it …(Read More)

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Lecture 2: Freedom of Religion: John Locke (1632 – 1704)

Freedom and Tradition: An Introduction to Classical Liberalism and Conservatism A Course with Professor Thomas Patrick Burke Fall 2006 Letter Concerning Toleration During the same year that parliament passed the Act of Toleration, the English philosopher John Locke published, anonymously and in Latin, his Letter Concerning Toleration, which he had written …(Read More)

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Overview

There are several distinct traditions of thought that have shaped modern conservatism, and you can be sympathetic to some of them but not to others, and can legitimately wonder what has brought them so firmly into line – whether rational argument, emotional need or moral idleness. Here are some of …(Read More)

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