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, The Open Society and Its Enemies, Karl Raymund Popper (1945) 
Quote, The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich August von Hayek (1944) 
Quote, The Good Society, Walter Lippman (1937) 
22:49    |    
Final credits




Perils to the Western Tradition in the 21st Century

11 de enero de 2016   | Vistas: 3 |  

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.


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

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