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Publication Date: 2011
- 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 Socratesand Erasmus to Hobbes, Locke, Marx, and Adam Smith
- Combines philosophical rigor with social scientificanalysis
- Argues that liberty refers to a range of related but specificideas rather than limiting the concept to one definition
Jason Brennan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy,Research, at Brown University, and a faculty associate of thePolitical Theory Project at Brown University. His articles haveappeared in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, TheAustralasian Journal of Philosophy, and Ratio.
"Its brevity and simplicity is perhaps understandable, given thehistorical focus and ambitious scope of the book, and the authors'evident desire to get the light, entertaining and up-beat narrativemoving." (The Philosopher's Magazine, August 2010)"The bookweaves together a number of figures in social, political,philosophical, economic, and even psychological theory, in a waynot commonly found, and it does so rather effectively." (NotreDame Philosophical Reviews, September 05, 2010)
"Schmidtz and Brennan offer their readers insights into thefreedom debate by following it through the broad sweep of Westernhistory...[A Brief History of Liberty]... comprehensive notes andbibliographies and...deserve[s] to be taken seriously by those withan interest in liberty." (The Philosopher, summer 2010)