Political Theory

Communitarianism and Liberty


Liberalism has always faced criticism in the form of conservatism, Marxism, civic republicanism, and so forth. The "communitarian" critique of liberalism has had particularly broad appeal. Criticizing liberalism for ignoring questions about what constitutes "the good life," communitarianism has simultaneously led to a loss of community and common meaning, both in politics and in social life more broadly. The conference explored the extent to which people face trade-offs between liberty and community.


Conference Readings

Jardine, Murray. Community and Political Thought Today. Edited by Peter Augustine Lawler and Dale McConkey. Westport: Praeger, 1998.

Den Uyl, Douglas J. and Douglas B. Rasmussen. “The Myth of Atomism.” The Review of Metaphysics 59 (June 2006): 841-868.

Frazer, Elizabeth. The Problems of Communitarian Politics: Unity and Conflict. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3: The Political Order of a Free People [Phoenix series]. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

MacIntyre, Alasdair. After Virtue. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.

MacIntyre, Alasdair. Whose Justice? Which Rationality? Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1988.

Raz, Joseph. The Morality of Freedom. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.

Sandel, Michael J. What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limit of Markets. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.

Sandel, Michael J. Liberalism and the Limits of Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Taylor, Charles. Philosophy and the Human Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.