A Brief History of Liberty

A Brief History of Liberty

Author(s): David Schmidtz, Jason Brennan

Published Online: 4 JAN 2010

Print ISBN: 9781405170802

Online ISBN: 9781444318289

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318289

About this Book

Through a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, and historical methods, A Brief History of Liberty provides a comprehensive, philosophically-informed portrait of the elusive nature of one of our most cherished ideals.

  • Offers a succinct yet thorough survey of personal freedom
  • Explores the true meaning of liberty, drawing philosophical lessons about liberty from history
  • Considers the writings of key historical figures from Socrates and Erasmus to Hobbes, Locke, Marx, and Adam Smith
  • Combines philosophical rigor with social scientific analysis
  • Argues that liberty refers to a range of related but specific ideas rather than limiting the concept to one definition

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