Political Theory

Law, Liberty, and the State


This colloquium considered the relationship between law, liberty, and the state by examining the central arguments of three books that addressed the core tenet of the classical liberal tradition that liberty is necessary for human well-being, and to explore the way that the existence of the state renders that liberty problematic.


Conference Readings

Casey, Gerard. Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State. New York: Continuum, 2012.

Chartier, Gary. Anarchy and Legal Order: Law and Politics for a Stateless Society. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Huemer, Michael. The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.