Political Theory

Liberty and Tradition: West and East


This conference examined the different core principles that appear to animate western and eastern views of political and economic life, with the focus on tradition and the role it plays in both the West and the East. Chinese and Western sources were both read.


Conference Readings

de Bary, William Theodore, Wing-Tsit Chan, and Burton Watson, comps. Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume I: From Earliest Times to 1600. New York: Columbia University Press, 1960.

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg. Selected Writings of Lord Acton, Volume I: Essays in the History of Liberty. Edited by J. Rufus Fears. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Bell, Daniel A. Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.

Croce, Benedetto. History as the Story of Liberty. Translated by Sylvia Sprigge. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000.

de Bary, William T. The Liberal Tradition in China. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 1983.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Huang Tsung-his [Huang Zongxi]. Waiting for the Dawn: A Plan for the Prince. Translated by William T. de Bary. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.

McClellan, James. Liberty, Order, and Justice: An Introduction to the Constitutional Principles of American Government (3rd edition). Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.

Mencius. Mencius: A Bilingual Edition, revised. Translated by D. C. Lau. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2003.

Murray, Gilbert. Liberality and Civilization. London: Allen &​ Unwin, 1938.

Schleifer, James T. The Making of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (2nd edition). Compiled by Foreword by George W. Pierson. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.

Shils, Edward. The Virtue of Civility: Selected Essays on Liberalism, Tradition, and Civil Society. Edited by Steven Grosby. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1997.