Professor Hunter Rawlings III explains that ancient Greeks had a very different concept of freedom, which they perceived as an obligation, while the American tradition defines freedom as individual rights.
Hunter Rawlings, President Emeritus of Cornell University, explores the origins of the American idea of freedom. He explains that it arose from two conflicting schools of thought: the ancient Greek strand, which valued communal society over the individual, and the Enlightenment, which prioritized individual freedom.
He discusses how these ideas influenced the founding of America and how they continue to shape modern American society. - Chautauqua Institution
Hunter Ripley Rawlings III (born 1945) is an American classics scholar and academic administrator.
He is best known for serving as the 10th president of Cornell University from 1995 until 2003. Currently, he serves a professor of classical history in Cornell's Department of History and Department of Classics.