The Expert and the Free Society


This conference explored the problematic role of the expert in the free society. Under what circumstances does the expert pose a threat to liberty? Is his role most threatening to democratic process, individual freedom, or both? What are the proper limits to be placed upon the prescriptive power or influence of expert opinion? Are these limits to be understood intellectually, institutionally, or both?


Conference Readings

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