Political Theory

The Western Tradition of Liberty Revisited


Conferees revisited “The Western Tradition of Liberty," mainly through reading different authors who contributed to this tradition in the twentieth century when Western liberty faced serious threats from totalitarianism.


Conference Readings

Strauss, Leo. The Rebirth of Classical Political Rationalism: An Introduction to the Thought of Leo Strauss. Edited by L. Thomas Pangle. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg. Selected Writings of Lord Acton, Volume I: Essays in the History of Liberty. Edited by J. Rufus Fears. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Aron, Raymond. The Opium of the Intellectuals. New York: Doubleday, 1957.

Berlin, Isaiah, “Two Concepts of Liberty (1958).” in Four Essays on Liberty, New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.

Churchill, Winston S. Thoughts and Adventures. London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd., 1932.

Churchill, Winston S. “What Good’s a Constitution?” Collier’s 98 (August 22, 1936): 386-393.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Hayek, F. A. Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1967.

Popper, Karl R. The Open Society and Its Enemies, Volume I: The Spell of Plato. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966.