The Future of Rights and the Future of Democracy

We understand our democracy to be founded on the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. But the Founding Fathers and the rights tradition they learned from insist that rights come with limits and responsibilities. Popular contemporary interpretations of rights refuse to acknowledge those limits and responsibilities (e.g., unlimited free speech and gun ownership, or the freedom to not wear masks). This class will briefly review the context in which rights were initially asserted, how that has changed, and the implications of this change for the future of democracy and its current tendencies toward authoritarianism and populism.

This salon is lead by Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, The University of Scranton.

Date: Sunday, March 7
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: $5.00

This is a Zoom class. 
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Community Classroom
300 Kennedy Creek
N. Abington Twp., PA 18414

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