Advanced Topics in Liberty

Classical Liberalism in Contemporary Political Philosophy

Conference for Students - October 26-28, 2012

Discussion Leader: Loren Lomasky

Session 1:        Eric Mack on the Right of Property

Mack, Eric. “The Natural Right of Property.” Social Philosophy and Policy 27, no. 1 (2010): 53–78. Entire article.

Session 2:        David Schmidtz on Desert and Equality

Schmidtz, David. Elements of Justice. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Selections from Part 2: How to Deserve, Chapter 6, “Desert” (pages 31–33), Chapter 7, “What Did I Do to Deserve This?” (pages 34–39), and Chapter 8, “Deserving a Chance” (pages 40–49); Part IV: Equal Respect and Equal Shares, Chapter 18, “Equality” (pages 107–108), Chapter 19, “Does Equal Treatment Imply Equal Shares?” (pages 109–113), Chapter 20, “What Is Equality For?” (pages 114–119), Chapter 22, “Equality and Opportunity” (pages 126–139), and Chapter 24, “The Limits of Equality” (pages 150–157).

Session 3:        Douglas Rasmussen and Douglas Den Uyl on Flourishing and Metanorms

Rasmussen, Douglas B. and Douglas J. Den Uyl. Norms of Liberty. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005. Chapter 1, “Liberalism in Crisis” (pages 5–17) and Chapter 4, “Why Individual Rights? Rights as Metanormative Principles” (pages 76–96).

Session 4:        Gerald Gaus on Justificatory Liberalism and Classical Liberalism

Gaus, Gerald. “Coercion, Ownership, and the Redistributive State: Justificatory Liberalism’s Classical Tilt.” Social Philosophy and Policy 27, no. 1 (January 4, 2010): 233–275. Entire article.

Session 5:        Chandran Kukathas on Conscience, Toleration, and Authority

Kukathas, Chandran. The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, 2007. Chapter 3, “Freedom of Association and Liberty of Conscience” (pages 74–118).

Session 6:        Samuel Freeman against Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism

Freeman, Samuel. “Illiberal Libertarians: Why Libertarianism Is Not a Liberal View.” Philosophy & Public Affairs 30, no. 2 (Spring 2001): 105–151. Entire article.