Explore the ideals of freedom & justice in Western thought

For students interested in politics, government, the history of ideas, and law, this program will introduce you to the rich intellectual heritage on which modern legal and political systems are based.

Concern with freedom and justice has deep roots in the Western tradition. The foundations of contemporary ideas about these concepts have their origins in antiquity, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and early modern notions of right and wrong, and of a just order.

You'll explore these issues through readings from the "Great Books" of Western political and moral thought, including the Old and New Testaments and works by Plato, St. Augustine, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

You'll participate in afternoon discussion sections and writing workshops and leave the program better able to articulate your own conceptions of "freedom" and "justice."