A Brief History of Liberty - eBook
A Brief History of Liberty - eBook  -     By: David Schmidtz, Jason Brennan
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781444358797
ISBN-13: 9781444358797

Publisher's Description

Through a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, andhistorical methods, A Brief History of Liberty provides acomprehensive, philosophically-informed portrait of the elusivenature 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 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

Author Bio

David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, jointProfessor of Economics, and Director of the Freedom Center at theUniversity of Arizona. His articles have appeared in the Journalof Philosophy, Ethics, and Political Theory.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Although the book has a strongly classical liberal flavour, italso contains some interesting discussion of positive liberty. Forone thing, Schmidtz and Brennan argue that the progress of negativeliberty in western societies has massively expanded almosteveryone's range of real options. For another, they suggest thatthis greater (negative and positive) external freedom can open theway to a greater internal or psychological" freedom". (ThePhilosophers' Magazine, 13 August 2010)

"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)

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