Discuss liberalism as a way of life by answering these questions: How do classical liberals understand human nature and freedom? Based on this understanding, how do they try to arrange the political community and for what purpose(s)? What virtues do classical liberals honor and why?

Short answer topics:

Names of the classical liberal philosophers,

Varieties of communitarian critics and the ideals they hold dear,

Kautz’s strategy for defending liberalism, consequences of confusion about what rights are,

A public philosophy, the difference between tolerance and respect,

The foundation of political community according to liberals,

Specific examples of criticisms of liberalism from communitarian critics on the right and left,

Richard Rorty’s view of what we can do without when we defend liberalism

Kautz’s view of the possible consequences of following this advice.

 

Essay (aim for at least TEN sentences and be sure to answer all parts of each question):

  1. Discuss liberalism as a way of life by answering these questions: How do classical liberals understand human nature and freedom? Based on this understanding, how do they try to arrange the political community and for what purpose(s)? What virtues do classical liberals honor and why?

 

 

  1. Discuss EITHER Kautz’s chapter on tolerance OR his chapter on patriotism (but not both) as comprehensively as you can. What is Kautz’s argument in the chapter and how does he make it?

 

  1. What is the problem of republican government? What are the two classical solutions? Discuss.

 

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