SFL Virtual Reading Groups operate like Liberty Fund Conferences, in which participants are given a list of readings on the intellectual underpinnings of a free society and are then given the opportunity to share their own thoughts on the readings with each other. By creating a space for active discussion with other intellectually engaged students, led by capable and informed discussion leaders, VRGs give participants a unique chance to truly delve into a text in ways they might not have been able to on their own.
Upcoming Reading Groups
The application for Fall 2015 reading groups will be open until October 25, 2015.
However we are accepting applications on a rolling basis, so apply early!
This reading group will be led by philosopher Roderick Long and discuss the various justifications for libertarianism. From Rothbard’s natural rights to Ayn Rand’s rational egoism to Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s argumentation ethics, the philosophy of liberty is a deep, robust tradition of ideas. Join Professor Long to untangle these arguments and learn all the reasons why liberty is worthwhile.
This reading group will be led by libertarian feminists Rachel Davison and Charles Johnson. Are libertarianism and feminism compatible? How have the two ideologies interacted historically? What would a truly libertarian feminist look like? Join Rachel and Charles to learn what feminism can tell us about liberty.
This reading group will be led by economist and student of Don Lavoie, Steve Horwitz. Don Lavoie earned his PhD in economics from NYU in 1981 for his thesis Rivalry and Central Planning: A Re-examination of the Debate over Economics Calculation under Socialism and is an enormous influence on the modern Austrian School of Economics. Author of numerous articles, essays, and books, Lavoie’s work focuses on competitive rivalry in the market system, the nature and function of prices, and the role of culture in economic development. Join Professor Horwitz to gain a better understanding of this monumental thinker.