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“One Prince­ton Univer­sity pro­fes­sor, con­cerned over the deep dearth of op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents at the Ivy League in­sti­tu­tion to ex­plore the prin­ci­ples un­der­pin­ning con­ser­vatism, has de­cided to do some­thing to help fix the prob­lem. Phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor Thomas Kelly will of­fer a fresh­man sem­i­nar this fall called ‘In­tel­lec­tual Foun­da­tions of Mod­ern Con­ser­vatism,’” says a new re­port from The Col­lege Fix, a na­tional stu­dent-writ­ten news pub­li­ca­tion.

“What first in­ter­ested me in of­fer­ing this par­tic­u­lar course was my grow­ing con­vic­tion that, in at least some re­spects, Prince­ton Univer­sity is some­thing of a pro­gres­sive bub­ble, where stu­dents are not re­ally ex­posed to the best ar­gu­ments that can be made for var­i­ous het­ero­dox po­lit­i­cal and so­cial views,” Mr. Kelly told the pub­li­ca­tion.

His course looks in­tense.

“We will at­tempt to bet­ter un­der­stand con­ser­va­tive thought, and de­velop a frame­work for as­sess­ing its strengths and weak­nesses with re­spect to a num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tive top­ics, in­clud­ing: dis­tribu­tive jus­tice, the role of the free mar­ket and the ap­par­ent ten­sion be­tween lib­erty and equal­ity; the na­ture of crime and crim­i­nal jus­tice; and so­cial con­ser­vatism and the role of re­li­gion in so­ci­ety. We will also ex­plore some broader con­ser­va­tive themes that ap­pear re­peat­edly, in­clud­ing con­ser­va­tive cri­tiques of ‘good in­ten­tions,’ ‘po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness,’ and the po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural in­flu­ence of in­tel­lec­tual and cul­tural elites,” Mr. Kelly writes in Prince­ton’s fall course cat­a­log.

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