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Lecture: Dr. Brandon Turner on Two Kinds of Liberalism

March 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and available on a first come first served basis…

Join The Nassau Institute at The University of The Bahamas Tuesday, March 13, 2018 for a lecture by Brandon Turner on ”Two Kinds of Liberalism” in the lecture hall at the Harry C. Moore Library at of The University of The Bahamas starting at 6:30pm.


His talk, Two Kinds of Liberalism, presents the history of liberal thought through two competing conceptions of what a free society ought to look like. According to “top-down” liberals, the most fundamental facts of a free society are individual rights, and governments gain or lose legitimacy precisely to whatever extent they recognize and protect individual rights. From the perceptive of “bottom-up” liberals, however, rights are only part of the puzzle, and individual rights must be balanced against competing values and institutions in order to maintain a recognizably free society. The “top-down/bottom-up” approach to interpreting the liberal tradition allows us to make sense of the great theoretical diversity in liberal thought and offers ways to reconcile conflicts between, for example, libertarianism, conservatism, and varieties of market-anarchism

About the Speaker:

Brandon Turner is Associate Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, where he is jointly appointed in the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. His work is in political theory and, in particularly, the history of political thought. His academic work has appeared in Political Theory, Polity, and Review of Politics, though he has also blogged at Learn Liberty, Liberal Currents, and elsewhere.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of :

Templeton Religion Trust

Compass Point Beach Resort

Bahamas Wholesale Agencies Limited

Go Ahead Biscuits

Arizona Drinks



March 13, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Nassau Institute
(242) 302-0130 ext 2226


Harry C. Moore Library – University of The Bahamas

Thought to Ponder

Politicians say they create jobs, but they really don't. Or rather, they rarely create productive jobs. Government has no money of its own. All it does is take resources from one group and give them to another. The pharaohs might have claimed they created work when they ordered that pyramids be built, but think how much richer (and freer) the Egyptians would have been if they'd been allowed to pursue their own interests. It's individuals in the marketplace who create real jobs -- when they have the protection of life and property under the rule of law.John Stossel
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