On Ordered Liberty: A Treatise on the Free Society

On Ordered Liberty: A Treatise on the Free Society

by Samuel Gregg


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Perhaps no issue is more divisive among philosophers, jurists and theologians than the nature of human liberty. Liberty is central to the claims of the Christian Gospel, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the American Revolution. But discussions about the nature of freedom have been characterized by profound disagreement and unsettling questions. What does it mean to be free? Is freedom worth more than mens' lives? Why should man be free? What, if any, legitmate responsibilities accompany freedom? These subjects are that the heart of Samuel Gregg's new book On Ordered Liberty. Beginning with the insights of Alexis de Tocqueville and some natural law theorists, Gregg suggests that something which he terms 'integral law' must be distinguished from most contemporary visions of freedom. He argues that this new arrangement requires a complete repudiation of utilitarian ideas on the grounds that they are incompatable with human nature. He also recommends a new and more rigorous focus on the basic but often neglected-question: what is man? On Ordered Liberty goes beyond the liberal and conservative divide, asking its readers to think about the proper ends of human choice and actions in a free society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739106686
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 07/14/2003
Series: Religion, Politics, and Society in the New Millennium Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Samuel Gregg is the Director of Research at the Acton Institute and the author of several books on morality, economics, politlcs and philosophy. He is the editor of Lexington's Studies in Ethics and Economics series.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Case for Liberty Chapter 2 Contra Ratio: John Stuart Mill Chapter 3 The Drama of Human Freedom Chapter 4 Law and Liberty Chapter 5 Whither the State? Chapter 6 Little Platoons Chapter 7 Reflections of a "Catholic Whig"

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