Liberal Education and the Liberty of Individuals


This colloquium focused on the idea of liberal education and its relation to individual liberty as well as the connections between education and the character of well-ordered civil society. The main text was Liberty Fund's publication of George Turnbull's Observations upon Liberal Education, but readings also included Aristotle, Locke, and important figures in the American founding.


Conference Readings

Hyneman, Charles S. and Donald Lutz, eds. American Political Writing during the Founding Era: 1760-1805, Volume I. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1983.

Rudolph, Frederick, eds. Essays on Education in the Early Republic, Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1965.

Washington, George. George Washington: A Collection. Edited by W. B. Allen. Compiled by W. B. Allen. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1988.

Aristotle. The Complete Works of Aristotle: The Revised Oxford Translation. Edited by J. Barnes. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by Terence Irwin. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1999.

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.

Madison, James. The Writings of James Madison, Volume 9 (1819-1836). Edited by Gaillard Hunt. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1910.

Turnbull, George. Observations upon Liberal Education. Edited by Terrence Moore. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2003.