Political Theory

Magna Carta and the Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty


This conference examined the impact of Magna Carta in shaping British and American approaches to political and personal liberty. The conference considered both the text of Magna Carta itself and its history in shaping both our political and philosophical understandings of the limits on government power and the sphere of private action.


Conference Readings

Sheehan, Colleen A. and Gary L. McDowell, eds. Friends of the Constitution - Writings of the "Other" Federalists 1787-1788, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1998.

Sandoz, Ellis, eds. The Roots of Liberty: Magna Carta, Ancient Constitution, and the Anglo-American Tradition of Rule of Law. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1993.

Churchill, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, 4 Volumes. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993.

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Hannan, Daniel. Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World. New York: HarperCollins, 2013.

Hayek, Friedrich A. The Constitution of Liberty. London and New York: Routledge, 1960.

Popper, Karl. “Popper on Democracy: the Open Society and its Enemies Revisited.” The Economist (April 23, 1988): 19-22.

Roberts, Andrew. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900. New York City: HarperCollins, 2007.

Trevelyan, George Macaulay. The English Revolution, 1688-1689. London: Oxford University Press, 1938 (reprinted 1965).

Watt, David, “Introduction: The Anglo-American Relationship” In The Special Relationship: Anglo-American Relations Since 1945, edited by William Roger Louis and Hedley Bull, 1-14. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.