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Freedom and virtue : the conservative/libertarian debate
Carey, George W. (George Wescott), 1933-2013.
Revised and updated edition.
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1998.
Physical Description:
xxii, 231 pages ; 22 cm
Do-it-yourself conservatism? / Twisted tree of liberty / Freedom or virtue? / Uneasy cousins / Need for public authority / Conservatism and libertarianism / Conservatism and libertarianism: vital complements / Toward a new intellectual history / Libertarianism: the principle of liberty / Frank S. Meyer: the fusionist as libertarian Manque / Differences of theory and strategy / A dispassionate assessment of libertarians / Libertarianism as the philosophy of moral freedom / Libertarianism as the philosophy of moral freedom: a response / Freedom and virtue: allies or antagonists? / Love versus freedom
Reading Level:
1390 Lexile.
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Like no other single work, Freedom and Virtue explores what unites and divides the adherents of these two important American traditions, shedding much light on our current political landscape.

Author Notes

Robert Nisbet, an American sociologist, received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and taught at Columbia University before moving to the University of California at Riverside. Known for his fine scholarship and conservative ideology, Nisbet has been a consultant to such groups as the American Enterprise Institute and has been a libertarian promoter of cultural pluralism. Nisbet has done considerable work in researching the history and development of Western sociological thought. His areas of personal interest have also included the classical social theorists, modernization and social thought, and community and society.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Notesp. xx
Do-It-Yourself Conservatism?p. 1
The Twisted Tree of Libertyp. 13
Freedom or Virtue?p. 20
Uneasy Cousinsp. 38
The Need for Public Authorityp. 55
Conservatism and Libertarianismp. 68
Conservatism and Libertarianism: Vital Complementsp. 79
Toward a New Intellectual Historyp. 90
Libertarianism: the Principle of Libertyp. 102
Notesp. 126
Frank S. Meyer: the Fusionist as Libertarian Manqu?p. 135
Notesp. 160
Differences of Theory and Strategyp. 163
A Dispassionate Assessment of Libertariansp. 172
Libertarianism as the Philosophy of Moral Freedomp. 187
Libertarianism as the Philosophy of Moral Freedom: a Responsep. 204
Freedom and Virtue: Allies or Antagonists?p. 211
Love Versus Freedomp. 221
Notes on Contributorsp. 229