Theology & Philosophy

Liberty and Equality


This colloquium explored the adequacy of the ideal of equality in a society of free and responsible individuals. Should equality be endorsed as an ideal? Are there other conceptions of the ideal of equality that merit endorsement? Which is most congruent with liberty as an ideal?


Conference Readings

Frankfurt, Harry. "The Moral Irrelevance of Equality." Public Affairs Quarterly 14 (2000): 87-103.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Hayek, Friedrich A. Law, Legislation, and Liberty, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Kant, Immanuel. Kant: Political Writings, Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought 1991. Edited by Hans Reiss. Translated by H. B. Nisbet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Kant, Immanuel. The Metaphysics of Morals. Edited by Mary Gregor. Translated by Mary Gregor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Signet Classics, 1956.

Rawls, John. “A Kantian Conception of Equality.” Cambridge Review 96 (1975): 94-99.

Williams, Bernard. Problems of the Self. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.