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The Making of Modern Liberalism

Alan Ryan


This book is a deep and wide-ranging exploration of the origins and nature of liberalism from the Enlightenment through its triumphs and setbacks in the twentieth century and beyond. The book is the fruit of more than four decades during which the author reflected on the past of the liberal tradition—and worried about its future. This is essential reading for anyone interested in political theory or the history of liberalism. The book consists of five parts. It covers subjects such as liberalism, freedom, the liberal community and the death penalty, Thomas Hobbes's political philosophy, indivi ... More

Keywords: liberalism, Enlightenment, freedom, political theory, Thomas Hobbes, individualism, utilitarianism, social identity, patriotism, human nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691148403
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Ryan, author
Princeton University

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