Liberal and Higher Education for a Free Society in Latin America


This colloquium discussed the fundamental aspects of a liberal education based on liberty and responsibility. Conferees had an opportunity to analyze, through a selection of classical texts on education, not only the idea of a university based on the liberal education tradition, but also a number of problems, such as the relationship in Latin American universities of liberal education with civic virtues, and the convenience of public higher education.


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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (vol. 2)

by By Adam Smith
Edited by R. H. Campbell and A. S. Skinner
William B. Todd, Textual Editor

First published in 1776, the year in which the American Revolution officially began, Smith’s Wealth of Nations sparked a revolution of its own. In it Smith analyzes the major elements of political economy, from market pricing and the division of labor to monetary, tax, trade, and other government policies that…

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Additional Readings

Vergerio, Pier Paolo. The Character and Studies Befitting a Free-Born Youth Dedicated to Ubertino Da Carrara. Edited by Kallendorf, Craig W. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002.

Bello, Andrés. Selected Writings of Andrés Bello. Edited by Iván Jaksic. Translated by Frances P. Lopez-Morillas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Franklin, Benjamin. Writings. Edited by J. A. Leo Lemay. New York City: Literary Classics, 1987.

Locke, John. Some Thoughts Concerning Education and of the Conduct of Understanding. Edited by Ruth W. Grant and Nathan Tarcov. New York: Hackett Publishing Co., Inc., 1996.

Mill, John Stuart. The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XXI - Essays on Equality, Law, and Education. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 1984. (accessed July 13, 2009).

Newman, John Henry. The Idea of a University. Edited by Frank M. Turner. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

Oakeshott, Michael. The Voice of Liberal Learning. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Ortega y Gasset, José. Mission of the University. Edited by Clark Kerr. Edison, NJ: Transaction Publishers; Revised Edition, 1991.

Ortega y Gasset, José. Mission of the University. Translated by Howard Lee Nostrand. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1944.