Too often, today’s liberals from across the political and intellectual spectrum seem to find themselves more or less adrift in an increasingly nationalistic world. As part of our upcoming “Advanced Topics” series co-sponsored with Liberty Fund, the IHS will host a Discussion Colloquium on the importance of comparing and contrasting liberalism and nationalism on the topic of community-building and maintenance. A mixed audience of faculty and late-stage graduate students will discuss texts from contemporary liberals and conservative nationalists to the history of the Sephardic Jewish diaspora and that community’s attempts to remain connected over vast distances during the Early modern period. The discussion will be led by Professor Jonathan Jacobs of the Central University of New York and will be hosted in the DC area.

Liberalism, Nationalism, and Community (about 351 pages)

Session I—Liberalism and Universalism (52 pages)

  • Locke, John. “Of Property,” Second Treatise of Government. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. Pp. 285-302.
  • Mill, John Stuart. “Of Individuality,” On Liberty. London: Penguin Books Ltd., 1985. Pp. 119-140.
  • Kant, Immanuel. “On the Relationship of Theory to Practice in Political Right,” Political Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. Pp. 73-87.

Session II—Nationalism (47 pages)

  • Gellner, Ernest. “What is a Nation?” Nations and Nationalism. Cornell University Press, 1983. Pp. 53-62.
  • Miller, David. “Introduction,” and “Conclusion,” On Nationality. Clarendon Press, 1995. Pp. 397-416.
  • Smith, Adam. “Of Restraints Upon the Importation from Foreign Countries of Such Goods as Can Be Produced at Home,” Wealth of Nations, Vol. 1. Liberty Fund, Inc. 1976. Pp. 397-416.

Session III—Culture and Community (72 pages)

  • Nisbet, Robert. “The Contexts of Democracy,” The Quest for Community, Oxford University Press, 1952. Pp. 248-279.
  • Kymlicka, Will. “The Value of Cultural Membership,” Liberalism, Community, and Culture. Clarendon Press, 1989. Pp. 162-181.
  • MacIntyre, Alasdair. “The Nature of Virtues,” After Virtue. Notre Dame, 1984. Pp. 181-203.

Session IV—Commerce and Community in the Sephardic Diaspora (46 pages)

  • Trivellato, Francesca. “Introduction,” and “2. Livorno and the Western Sephardic Diaspora,” The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. Pp. 1-20, 43-69.

Session V—A Sephardic Nation? Jewish Community and Cosmopolitanism (60 pages)

  • Trivellato, Francesca. “3. A New City, a New Society? Livorno, the Jewish Nation, and Communitarian Cosmopolitanism,” and “4. Between State Commercial Power and Trading Diasporas: Sephardim in the Mediterranean,” The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. Pp. 70-101, 102-131.

Session VI—The Liberal Archipelago vs the Conservative Citizen (74 pages)

  • Kukathas, Chandran. “1. The Liberal Archipelago,” The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom, Oxford University Press, 2003. pp. 19-40.
  • Deneen, Patrick J. “Seven. The Degradation of Citizenship,” Why Liberalism Failed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. Pp. 154-178.
  • Legutko, Ryszard. “Chapter II: Utopia,” The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. New York: Encounter Books, 2016. Pp. 43-72.

Applications will begin soon, so please be sure to check this site regularly or email for more information.