• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:08    |    
    Introduction by Luis Figueroa
  • 00:17    |    
    What is a stake in the 21st Century?
    • Principles of a free society
    • Individual freedom and responsibility
    • Challenging politically incorrect ideas
  • 05:19    |    
    What defines the western tradition?
  • Liberty and dignity
  • 07:43    |    
    Is collectivism the main threat to the western tradition?
  • Burden of individual liberty
  • 10:12    |    
    Do you include Islamic fundamentalism during your seminar?
  • 12:48    |    
    Can we talk about the perils of unique thinking?
    • Reduction of horizons
    • Example of Cecil Rhodes scholarships
  • 19:03    |    
    What books would you recommend in order to understand a free society?
    • Quote, Karl Raymund Popper (1945)
    • Quote, , Friedrich August von Hayek (1944)
    • Quote, , Walter Lippman (1937)
  • 22:49    |    
    Final credits

Perils to the Western Tradition in the 21st Century

New Media  | 11 de enero de 2016  | Vistas: 7

João Espada is the director and founder of the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal, where he is professor of political studies. In this interview, hosted by Luis Figueroa, João Espada defines the western tradition and mentions the main attacks directed at free societies in the 21st Century. He invites students to challenge politically correct ideas and to defend the liberty and dignity of every citizen. He analyses how individual liberty and responsibility can be perceived as a burden because of the consequences over the choices one makes in life. At the end, he expounds how the lack of critical thinking can be a serious reduction of our intelectual horizons.