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Liberalism Undressed

Jethro K. Lieberman

Abstract

One of mankind’s most enduring questions is the legitimate scope of state power: how far and in what ways may the government meddle with people’s lives? For more than three centuries, the western world has answered these questions with institutions and practices that have come to be known as liberal democracy. Though deeply rooted, liberalism has stirred critical attacks from both left and right. During the past 40 years, many of liberalism’s most distinguished defenders have presented complex, controversial, abstruse, and even impenetrable theories to justify liberal institutions and practice ... More

Keywords: communitarianism, Feinberg, harm principle, liberalism, market, Mill, neutrality, Nozick, paternalism, welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199919840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919840.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jethro K. Lieberman, author