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Thank you for a great AU 2017! - Acton University 2018: June 19 - 22

Behind the Labels: Conservatism and Liberalism in American History

Session 7
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Introductory Course

The capacity to categorize and label is an important faculty of human intelligence, but it is also a dangerous tendency that can distort and dehumanize. We will explore the meanings of the terms "conservative" and "liberal," focusing mainly on the American context. Our goal is to understand better the way these labels have become attached to certain individuals, institutions, and ideas, and thereby discern how they can be helpful in expressing certain realities and at the same time harmful in obscuring important truths. In an era of ideological polarization, an assessment of the genealogy of political terminology is a necessary step toward genuine dialogue.

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