(Mis)Education of Foreign Policy Elites: Tocqueville and Babbitt on Refining Judgment


Could a deep understanding of the liberal arts improve the decisions that foreign-policy elites must make, curbing tendencies to hubris and leading to more realistic assessments of American capabilities and foreign threats? Drawing on the educational views of Alexis de Tocqueville and Irving Babbitt, Dr. Foster will argue that liberal education is capable of both instilling a love of greatness and of fostering humility.

Speaker: Luke Foster– Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Notre Dame

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