Classical liberal thought and heritage continues to inspire discussion and debate in our time. The basic ideas of a free society and freedom to act as individuals are reinvented and discovered by every new generation and scholarly inquiry. In our time, governments seem to gain more power, and are asked to answer many problems. Adam Smith’s “liberal plan” – “allowing every man to pursue his own intererst his own way” – must have a place in any liberal society. But how large a place should it have?
Timbro has arranged the Classical Liberal Summer Seminars since 2015. The first two seminars were held at Christinehof Castle in Skåne, Sweden. Since 2017 the seminar has relocated to the Sigtuna Foundation in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm.
The themes 2019 included:
– What Was Natural Jurisprudence? Examining the Scots
– Moral Innovation and the Man Within the Breast
– How Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments Might Bridge the Conservative/Libertarian Divide
– Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right – an introduction and reflection
– Liberal thought in relation to the early Swedish industrial revolution – the Göta Kanal case
– The Solonic Adam Smith: A Liberal Regard for Prevailing Prejudice
– The Economist as the Impartial Spectator: Reconsidering Welfare Economics
– The Art of Liberal Politics: Swedish Labour Migration Reform
– Swedish Labor Law and Lon Fuller
The 2021 Classical Liberal Summer Seminar will include further sessions on the Scottish Enlightenment and connections between Swedish and Scottish liberal traditions, but also more contemporary themes.
The Summer Seminar will be organised following any restrictions and recommendations from the authorites due to the Covid-19 pandemic, safeguarding a secure arrangement, and might be canceled with short notice.
The Seminar is led by: Daniel Klein, Professor, George Mason University and Ratio Institute and Björn Hasselgren, PhD, Timbro and Uppsala University.
The seminar is offered free of charge, accommodation and meals are included. Participants are expected to download the literature in advance and to have read the texts. The discussions are the core of the course why active participation in the discussions is expected.
Register interest for participating
For more information and expressions of interest to participate in the 2021 Summer Seminar please contact Björn Hasselgren, no later than April 30. Programs and readings for past Classical Liberal Summer Seminars here.
About Sigtuna Foundation
In Sigtuna, 35 km North of Stockholm the Sigtuna Foundation was established more than 100 years ago as a private cultural foundation with a principle aim to inspire human thought and reflection. Society has changed in many ways since then, but the Foundation’s ambition is still the very same, to offer an open space for people with different backgrounds, traditions and viewpoints who wish to meet, interact and learn from one another in atmosphere of mutual respect. Today the Sigtuna Foundation operates as a center for education and research, and also for various kinds of cultural programs. The Sigtuna Foundation with its atmospheric facilities in peaceful and scenic surroundings, offers a splendid environment to connect to the classic message of freedom and liberty, as seen through 18-19th century perspectives.
More information on the Sigtuna Foundation here.