Political Theory

Liberty and Democracy in the Thought of John Hallowell


This conference addressed the thought of John Hallowell with specific reference to his critique of liberalism. Hallowell, unlike many of his contemporaries, considered the extent to which liberalism, and particularly liberalism as conceived by political scientists, had become antithetical to individual liberty. A main theme for discussion for this colloquium was the way in which an emphasis on procedure and institutions has occurred at the expense of the importance of principles in society—most importantly, the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.


Conference Readings

Hallowell, John. The Moral Foundation of Democracy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2007.

Hallowell, John H.. The Decline of Liberalism As An Ideology. New York: Howard Fertig, Inc, 1971.

Hallowell, John H.. Main Currents in Modern Political Thought. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984.