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Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism

Tuesday June 2003

The Institute sponsors a judicial symposia series every year to provide sitting judges the opportunity to hear leading scholars discuss critical problems in America’s civil justice system, and to give legal scholars the opportunity to hear the perspective of those who deal with the same issues from the bench. We keep our forums small and intimate to facilitate discussion. To ensure that all participants can speak freely and openly, the only attendees are invited judges, our featured speaker, and Manhattan Institute staff.

Our June 10 judges’ dinner featured Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago and Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Professor Epstein will be leading a wide-ranging discussing focusing on the ideas in his newest book, Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism.

In this book, Professor Epstein gives a spirited defense of classical liberalism, taking up the debate where his two earlier books, Simple Rules for a Complex World and Principles for a Free Society, left off. He defends laissez-faire against critics who have attacked the foundations of the liberal order in defending the modern welfare state—covering an array of topics ranging from moral theory to linguistics, from game theory to behavioral economics.