Philosophy 49 (187):13-32 (1974)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Liberalism is commonly believed, especially by its exponents, to be opposed to interference by way of enforcing value judgments or concerning itself with the individual's morality. My concern is to show that this is not so and that liberalism is all the better for this. Many elements have contributed to liberal thought as we know it today, the major elements being the liberalism of which Locke is the most celebrated exponent, which is based upon a belief in natural, human rights; the liberalism of which Kant is the best known exponent, which is based on respect for persons as ends in themselves; and the liberalism of Bentham and the Mills, which is based upon utilitarian ethical theories and most especially with concern for pleasure and the reduction of pain. These different elements of liberalism have led to different emphases and different political and social arrangements, but all have involved a concern to safeguard values and to use force to that end. Today they constitute strands of thought which go to make up liberal thought as we now know it, hence it is not simply a historical fact about liberalism, but a fact about its philosophical basis, that liberalism is firmly involved in certain value and moral commitments. In the remainder of this paper I shall seek to bring this out.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,649

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Toward a New Feminist Liberalism.Amy Ruth Baehr - 1997 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Liberalism Without Perfection.Jonathan Quong - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
Justice and Restrain.João Cardoso Rosas - 2006 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 2:153-157.
Social Justice and State Borders.Michael Ian Blake - 1998 - Dissertation, Stanford University
Liberalism, Justice and Markets.Colin Murray Macleod - 1993 - Dissertation, Cornell University
Liberty's Hollow Triumph.John Skorupski - 2000 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 45:51-72.
Newer Than What? Older Than What?Alan Ryan - 2007 - Social Philosophy and Policy 24 (1):1-15.
Liberalism, Religion And Integrity.Kevin Vallier - 2012 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (1):149 - 165.


Added to PP

32 (#362,348)

6 months
4 (#172,750)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Open‐Mindedness, Liberalism and Truth.W. Hare - 1983 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 15 (1):31-42.
The ‘Right to Education’ and Compulsory Schooling.Graham Haydon - 1977 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 9 (1):1-15.
Freedom in Organizations.Michael Keeley - 1987 - Journal of Business Ethics 6 (4):249 - 263.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references