SUMMER IN OXFORD
The John Locke Institute is hosting three Oxford summer schools in 2024.
Our philosophy is the same for all three: to bring together the very best students from all over the world and invite inspiring professors to challenge them to listen generously, to think critically, and to develop and deliver robust responses with clarity, precision and persuasive force.
Skills, HABITS & CHARACTER
Our summer schools are not chiefly concerned with communicating facts; instead we seek to nurture intellectual skills and help our students cultivate habits of mind to make you a better philosopher, political scientist, economist, legal scholar, or historian, and a better thinker, writer, and speaker.
CULTIVATING THE INTELLECTULAL VIRTUES
After two weeks at a John Locke Institute summer school we expect that you will be a more subtle and sophisticated thinker, more flexible and open-minded, and - in what might appear to be paradoxical (but isn't) - we hope you will acquire not only more intellectual confidence but also more intellectual humility.
"And that sweet city with her dreaming spires,
She needs not June for beauty's heightening"
The student accommodation and most of the summer school activities take place at Radley College, which was founded in 1847 by William Sewell, sub-Rector of Exeter College, Oxford.
Seat of the oldest English-speaking university in the world, Oxford is also one of the world's most beautiful cities: manicured lawns enclosed within mediæval quadrangles of honey-gold stone, grand towers and halls, pretty walled gardens, and the stately progress of the Cherwell where it meets the Thames. These have become symbols of all that is finest in a proud tradition of academic excellence.
In obedience to the Tractarian principles of the High Church 'Oxford Movement', Sewell held that education should be conducted in an environment replete with beautiful buildings and gardens and objets d'art. For this reason he selected 800 acres on the edge of Oxford, in what must be one of the most beautiful campuses in England.
You will have an opportunity to explore Oxford and its colleges, and experience as much as possible of what the City of Dreaming Spires has to offer. We think the spirit of Oxford will infuse your learning experience and will invite our students to aspire to a higher standard. We hope, like many before you, you might succumb to Oxford's enchantment!