Political Theory

Liberty versus Equality: West and East


This conference examined the relationship of equality and liberty in theory and practice through reading selected philosophical texts in the Western and Eastern traditions and examined recent efforts toward economic and political reform in China.


From Liberty Fund

Select Works of Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France

by By Edmund Burke
Compiled and with a Foreword and Notes by Francis Canavan

Originally published by Oxford University Press in the 1890s, the famed three-volume Payne edition of Select Works is universally revered by students of English history and political thought. Faithfully reproduced in each volume are E. J. Payne’s notes and introductory essays. Francis Canavan, one of the great Burke scholars of…

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Additional Readings

Coase, Ronald and Ning Wang. How China Became Capitalist. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

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

Jefferson, Thomas. Writings. Edited by Merrill D. Peterson. New York: Library of America, 1984.

Levin, Yuval. The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left. New York: Basic Books, 2014.

Li, Chenyang. “Equality and Inequality in Confucianism.” Dao 11, no. 3 (2012): 295-313.

Mencius. Mencius: A Bilingual Edition, revised. Translated by D. C. Lau. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2003.

Studwell, Joe. How Asia Works. New York: Grove Press, 2013.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America, Volumes 1 and 2 [English Edition]. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2012.