Political Theory

The Future of Liberty


At the center of this symposium were six commissioned papers exploring current encroachments upon individual freedom and responsibility. The symposium investigated the threats classical liberalism is presently confronting, while also inquiring into the possibilities of reinvigorating classical liberal theory to better meet the various challenges it faces in the contemporary world.


Conference Readings

Allen E. Buchanan. "Assessing the Communitarian Critique of Liberalism." Ethics 99 (July 1989) : 852-882.

Buchanan, James M. “Afraid to be free: Dependency as desideratum.” Public Choice 124 (2005): 19-31.

de Swaan, Abram. In Care of the State: Health Care, Education and Welfare in Europe and the USA in the Modern Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Jouvenel, Bertrand de. On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth. Translated by J. F. Huntington. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1993.

Kristol, Elizabeth. "Picture Perfect: the Politics of Prenatal Testing." First Things (April 1993): 17-24.

Manent, Pierre. Modern Liberty and its Discontents. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998.

Nisbet, Robert . The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order & Freedom. Oakland: Institute for Contemporary Studies, 1990.

Siedentop, Larry. Democracy in Europe. London: Allen Lane Penguin Press, 2000.

Tilly, Charles, "War Making and State Making as Organized Crime." in Bringing the State Back In, Edited by P. Evans, D. Rueschmeyer, and T. Skopol, 169-191. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.