What is Liberalism? Past and Future

What is Liberalism? Past and Future

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About the Webinar

Helena Rosenblatt & Daniel Klein debate what it truly means to be considered liberal, and why it matters.

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About the Speaker

Helena Rosenblatt

Helena Rosenblatt is an intellectual historian with a particular interest in French political and religious thought. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph. D from Columbia University. She is Professor of History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Rosenblatt’s first book, Rousseau and Geneva from the First Discourse to the Social Contract, 1749-1762, Cambridge University Press, 1997 analyzes Rousseau’s political thought in the context of his place of birth, the eighteenth-century city-state of Geneva. Her second book, Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Religion, Cambridge University Press, 2008, explores the role that religion played in this early liberal’s political thought. Her third and most recent book, The Lost History of Liberalism from Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century, Princeton University Press, 2018, recovers the moral core of liberalism by tracing the history of the words “liberal” and “liberalism” across the centuries.

Daniel Klein

Daniel Klein, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, is professor of economics and JIN Chair at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he leads a program in Adam Smith. He is the author of Knowledge and Coordination: A Liberal Interpretation (Oxford UP, 2012) and coauthor of Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit (Brookings Institution, 1997). He is the chief editor of Econ Journal Watch.

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