As we have noted, liberalism, although very appealing, also has tensions, problems, potential deficiencies, and weaknesses in implementation which keep it from completely dominating politics. Drawing from course material treated after the units on liberalism, identify three or four specific writers’ ideological responses to liberalism, discussing the critiques of liberalism which are stated or implied by these responses.
Do not simply describe the ideologies or writings; your focus should be on teasing out some of their relationships to liberalism. You can assume your reader has some basic knowledge of the ideologies and writers you discuss. Include some identification and discussion of similarities and differences among the critiques or responses you describe. This an open-ended question without a narrowly-defined “right” answer. The idea is to respond to the question in a way which demonstrates that you have a reasonably sophisticated understanding of the material and can work effectively with it.
Maximum length: 6 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12.
• Ball, Terence, and Dagger, Richard, Ideals and Ideologies: A Reader. Ninth Edition (New York: Pearson/Longman, 2014).
Variants of liberalism.
Ideals: 3:18: Mill, “Liberty and Individuality.”
Ideals: 3:20: T.H. Green excerpt.
Ideals: 3:19: William Graham Sumner excerpt.
Ideals: 3.25: Murray Rothbard excerpt.
Liberalism and its critics.
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice, excerpt (PDF file)
Michael Sandel, “The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self” (PDF file)
F.A. Hayek, Constitution of Liberty, excerpts from chapters 2 and 6. (PDF file)
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