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Lecture 3: Utilitarianism

Dr. Matthew Petrusek

December 27, 2022


In Lecture 3, Dr. Petrusek explains how the ideological family that constitutes progressivism has roots not only in classical liberalism and libertarianism but also in their ideological enemy—utilitarianism. The focus of this lecture is the relationship between utilitarianism and progressivism, and on the two features of utilitarianism that progressivism appropriates.

In this lecture series, Dr. Matthew Petrusek discusses contemporary progressive ideology, also frequently referred to as “wokeism,” and the response of the Catholic social thought tradition.

Learn more about the antidote to ideology in Dr. Petrusek’s course “Catholic Social Ethics: The Antidote to Ideology.”