Political Theory

The Concepts of the Public, the Private, and the Political in a Free Society


This conference considered the distinction made by classical liberals such as Mill and Hayek between the public, the private, and the political, and various contemporary criticisms of this distinction.


Conference Readings

Held, David, eds. Political Theory Today, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1991.

Templeton, Kenneth S., eds. The Politicization of Society, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1979.

Arneil, Barbara. Politics & Feminism. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1999.

Barry, Brian. Justice as Impartiality. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995.

Bosanquet, Bernard. The Philosophical Theory of the State and Related Essays. Edited by Gerald F. Gaus and William Sweet. South Bend: St. Augustine's Press, 2001.

Geuss, Raymond. History and Illusion in Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Geuss, Raymond. Public Goods, Private Goods. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Locke, John. Second Treatise of Civil Government in Two Treatises of Government. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty. Edited by Daniel Kolak and Michael B. Mathias. New York: Pearson Education, Inc., 2007.

Mouffe, Chantal. The Return of the Political. London: Verso, 1993.

Rorty, Richard. Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

The European Union. “Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.” The European Union. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf (August 4, 2010).