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Subject: History

Europe and America in the Modern Age Series

Stanford University Professors James Sheehan and David Kennedy present in-depth lectures on the concept of liberalism as a theoretical framework for examining the interrelationships between the histories of Europe and America. Produced by the Stanford University Channel. Programs available on 20 individual Click for more

1. Liberalism: The Liberal Tradition

01. Liberalism: The Liberal Tradition

In the 18th century, liberalism emerged as a promising alternative to the restrictive and sometimes oppressive political philosophies prevalent in Europe and throughout the world. In modern times, liberalism has outlived traditional conservatism and Marxist socialism and continues to serve as a model for the rest of the world. In this program, Stanford University Professor James Sheehan presents the concept of liberalism as a theoretical framework for examining the interrelationships between the histories of Europe and America. He speaks of liberalism as a "distinctive historical phenomenon" and as the "first universal, global ideology...." Liberalism emerged as an alternative to aristocratic European societies, focusing on educated, rational individuals acting in their own self-interests in a free market, with minimal governmental intervention, and with economic growth as the key measure of societal progress. Liberalism sought a marriage with science and a divorce from traditional thinking. But, as Professor Sheehan explains, liberalism has not been without its inherent weaknesses, to include its overly "utilitarian focus," its subjugation of women, children, and certain races, and its struggle to engender a sense of community among its members. The prospect of liberalism as a universally endorsed ideology, with its focus on individual freedom and equality, is profoundly exciting, though its challenges are numerous and its future viability remains uncertain. 99/10DE SCA 40 min.





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