Welcome to the 2020 John Locke Institute

Summer School in France.


Our flagship academic programme, for students from fifteen to twenty, follows our signature curriculum of philosophy, politics, economics, history and psychology.

To learn what to expect, and to see why our summer school is perfect for bright, curious, ambitious students, we invite you to look at the course outline and other information below.

“No words can express my gratitude for what you have done for Oliver. His whole experience with the John Locke Institute has been profound, fulfilling, enlightening, stimulating and fun.


It has taken him to a new intellectual high. The best investment

I ever made.”

- Ashley Dobbs, father of JLI alumnus

2020 Programme

John Locke Institute

Summer School

Le Château du Molay,

14330 Le Molay-Littry, France

Course 1: Saturday 25 July to Tuesday 4 August

Course 2: Wednesday 5 August to Saturday 15 August

Course 3: Sunday 16 August to Wednesday 26 August


All are equivalent. Choose the one that best suits your calendar.

“Thank you for the amazing experience for my daughter. She said she had some incredible discussions and learned so much from you and all the teachers there. She said: mom, you might not be able to tell, but I am filled with knowledge.” - Mariana Veizi, mother of JLI alumna

Learning Formats

30 Lectures

These are plenary sessions during which an academic expert will give an authoritative treatment of an important topic. An excellent preparation for university studies.

16 Seminars

These smaller sessions, with usually around eight or nine students, provide an opportunity for closer interaction between students and faculty, and a deeper exploration.

12 Precepts

This is one of the key elements of the JLI educational experience. With only five or six students per precept we can create a bespoke experience for each small group.

6 Special Sessions

Using game play and a range of unconventional learning techniques, these sessions leave a profound impression on our students, and transform the way they think. 

Mock Interviews


Many of our students are preparing to apply to Oxford or Cambridge. A practice interview can help you develop the skills and confidence to make a great impression.

1 Tutorial

Every student will prepare a piece of written work to present to a senior member of our faculty in the style of a Cambridge supervision or an Oxford tutorial.   

Experiencing Normandy

In the middle of the summer school, we will visit the medieval city of Bayeux, with its stunning cathedral and famous tapestry, and the WWII landing beaches.



Foundations of moral theory: deontology, consequentialism and virtue ethics

Critical thinking: introduction to formal symbolic logic

Epistemology and simulations.


Theory of politics: liberty, justice, equality.
Social contract theory.

Democracy: understanding shortcomings and designing compromises

Political psychology.


Intellectual history: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill and Marx.

History of government and politics.

Economic history.


What you know vs. what is so.

Opinion formation vs. justification.

Changing minds: your own and others’.


Microeconomics; political economy; value and price theory; mathematical foundations; market failure; unintended consequences; behavioural economics; and game theory.

Fees: Three Options

“Studying with the JLI has been transformative. I really mean that - it's changed me as a person for the better.”

- Alexander Krespi


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