Political Theory

Republicanism and Liberty in Contemporary Political Thought


This conference examined the most influential formulations of the republican challenge to the concept of liberty dominant in liberal democracy.


Conference Readings

Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Bellamy, Richard, “Republicanism, Democracy and Constitutionalism” In Republicanism and Political Theory, edited by C. Laborde and J. Maynor, 159-189. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Constant, Benjamin. “The Liberty of Ancients Compared with That of Moderns [1816] .” Downloaded from Liberty Fund’s Online Library of Liberty. http://lf-oll.s3.amazonaws.com/titles/2251/Constant_Liberty1521_EBk_v6.0.pdf (October 2018).

Habermas, Jürgen. “Three models of democracy.” Constellations 1, no. 1 (April 1994): 1-10.

Hume, David. Essays: Moral, Political and Literary. Edited by Eugene F. Miller. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985, 1987.

Lovett, Frank. General Theory of Domination and Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Pettit, Philip. Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Pettit, Phillip. On People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Pocock, J. G. A. The Machiavellian Moment. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Sandel, Michael. Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Skinner, Quentin, “Freedom as the Absence of Arbitrary Power” In Republicanism and Political Theory, edited by C. Laborde and J. Maynor, 83-101. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Skinner, Quentin. Liberty before Liberalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.