Theology & Philosophy

Restraint, Politics, and Liberty


This conference explored the significance of certain kinds of character for the liberal political order. The readings examined conceptions of individual character, civil society, political order, and relations of mutual reinforcement (or the absence of those relations) between them, all with a view toward better understanding the conditions for, and the character of a liberal political order.


Conference Readings

Acton, H. B. The Morals of Markets and Related Essays. Edited by David Gordon and Jeremy Shearmur. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1993.

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by Terence Irwin. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1999.

Audi, Robert. Virtue and Vice. Edited by Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, and Jeffrey Paul. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Pettit, Philip. The Liberty Reader. Edited by David Miller. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2006.

Scheffler, Samuel. “The Appeal of Political Liberalism.” Ethics Vol. 105, no. 1 (October 1994): 4-22.

Shils, Edward. The Virtue of Civility: Selected Essays on Liberalism, Tradition and Civil Society [1989]. Edited by Steven Grosby. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1997.

Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Indianapolis: LibertyClassics, 1969, 1976.