After a COVID-induced hiatus, Ideas Matter is back better than ever. Today we take a break from our usual format to consider a singular philosophy in greater depth, namely, Liberalism.
Liberalism is so pervasive its assumptions appear to us (Westerners) as common-sensical assumptions. Individualism, a rights-based approach to justice, and rational choice theory are so ubiquitous they’ve become the socio-cultural air that we breathe. But where do these ideas come from?
‘Liberal Equality’ in Contemporary Political Philosophy (second edition) by William Kymlicka
‘Liberal Individualism and Liberal Neutrality’ in Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader by William Kymlicka
‘Political Liberalism’ in The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities by John J. Mearsheimer
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