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What Are Conservatism, Progressivism, and Libertarianism?

Come learn the arguments in favor of America's three main political ideologies with a professor of philosophy!
Benjamin Keil, PhD
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At the class’ end, students should be able to understand and explain conservatism, libertarianism, and progressivism. Students should know the arguments given in favor of each view and be able to highlight areas of agreement and disagreement between these political ideologies.
I am an Instructional Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Illinois State University and I have taught philosophy for the past ten years.  I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy (University of Kansas, 2015).  Additionally, I have taught these particular excerpts approximately fifteen times.  
Students are expected, each week, to complete the parts of the reading related to that week's reading questions.  The total assigned class readings will be between 20-30 pages long for each week, but reading approximately 10 pages usually suffices to answer the reading questions. 
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I will provide all PDFs for the readings and reading questions to the students. The readings are provided in PDF format and the readings are provided in DOCX format once you enroll in the class. No texts need to be purchased for this class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
*At parent request only*, I will write a ten question quiz (five multiple-choice questions, five true/false questions) for each of our three class meetings.  I will email that quiz (and answer key) to the parents so that you may administer the quiz to your own child.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This class of its nature discusses controversial political topics.  Examples presented by the various authors include, but are not limited to: The role(s) of government, differing views of human flourishing, the natures of governmental and parental authority, the limits of liberty, anarchy, wealth, healthcare, and taxes.  Students need not agree or disagree with any author in order to do well in this class, but students should be prepared to encounter and respond to political views with which they might disagree – perhaps even disagree profoundly.  

With all of that said, I have taught these readings multiple times in my college philosophy classrooms and I have ample experience in leading productive classes even when discussing controversial topics.
We will read excerpts (in PDF format) from Schlueter & Wenzel's book "Selfish Libertarians and Socialist Conservatives?".  We will also read excerpts (in PDF format) from Yates & Bartley's report "Progressive Thinking".


Benjamin Keil, PhD
Lives in the United States
"...[B]ut we in our green youth have to settle the eternal questions first of all."
11 total reviews
11 completed classes

About Me

My name is Dr. Keil and I am a philosopher.  Philosophy concerns itself with "the eternal questions" of human existence.  For example, what is it to be human and how should we live?  These are inherently controversial questions and philosophers... 
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