"Immaturity is the inability to use one's own understanding without the guidance of another.This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but the lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding!"
The Freedom Project at Wellesley College is dedicated to the exploration of the idea of freedom in all of its manifestations, but especially in the tradition of Western classical liberalism. This tradition, in its broadest sense, emphasizes the sanctity of individual rights, freedom of contract, constitutional democracy, and the rule of law. It includes, as well, an appreciation of the spirit of individualism and the struggle against arbitrary power, both in the form of political domination and the stultifying influence of ideological dogmas – cultural, political or religious – and social conformity.
The Freedom Project promotes interdisciplinary understandings of the idea of freedom in the classical liberal tradition in relation to ideas of freedom from other traditions. It explores, as well, how freedom has been understood (or misunderstood) in the contemporary university, and the fate of freedom of expression in that context.