Political Theory

Liberty and Liberal Order: ‘Saving the Soul’ of Classical Liberalism


In light of the onslaught against classical liberal principles that intensified as an outcome of the financial and economic crisis of 2008, the prospects for a liberal order and the best way to advocate for one have become important topics to consider. This conference was intended to discuss different arguments in favor of liberty from classical liberal, conservative, and libertarian perspectives.


Conference Readings

Buchanan, James M. Why I, Too, Am Not a Conservative. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006.

Emmott, Bill. 20:21 Vision: Twentieth-Century Lessons for the Twenty-first Century. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.

Epstein, Richard A. Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

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

Oakeshott, Michael. Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1991.

Rand, Ayn., “What Is Capitalism?” In Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, New York: Signet (New American Library), 1967. Page(s): 11-34.