Political Liberty in the Social Contract

JVF Conference Papers

This paper concerns a narrowly defined topic in the history of philosophy. Since its intended audience is composed primarily of scholars who are neither historians nor philosophers, it is appropriate that I first indicate why it might be interesting to a more general public. I can begin by noting that a number of other papers in this series are addressed to the problems of modern political liberalism. That this should be the case is not surprising given that the basic terms of liberalism have become more or less the exclusive vocabulary not only of political scholarship, but of politics itself...

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