Political Theory

Liberty, Centralization, and the Modern State


This conference addressed the subject of liberty within the context of the centralization of power and the modern state. Particular emphasis was placed on the role of progressivism in transforming the understanding and practice of liberty in deviation from the original understanding that forms the core of the American political tradition.


Conference Readings

de Jouvenel, Bertrand. On Power. Translated by J. F. Huntington. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1993.

Hegel. Philosophy of Right. Oxford: University Press, 1967.

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. The Philosophy of History. Translated by J. Sibree. New York: Dover Publications, 1956.

Mises, Ludwig von. Bureaucracy. Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2007.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Edited by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Weber, Max. Economy and Society, Volumes I & II. Edited by Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978.