Pluralism, Liberty, and the Challenge of Relativism


This conference was on the challenge that relativism poses to a classical liberal pluralistic conception of society as it can be read from Hume, Michael Oakeshott, John Gray, and other authors.


Conference Readings

Berlin, Isaiah. Liberty. Edited by Henry Hardy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Daston, Lorraine and Peter Galison. Objectivity. New York: Zone Books, 2010.

Gray, John. Post-Liberalism––Studies in Political Thought. London: Routledge, 1996.

Hume, David. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1983.

Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature. Edited by David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Márquez, Jesús Silva-Herzog, “Tocqueville y el Liberalismo de la Duda” In La Fronda Liberal, compiled by Rivera, Josê Antonio Aguilar. Mexico: Taurus/CIDE, 2014. 173-182.

McCloskey, Deirdre. “The Rhetoric of Liberty.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 26, no. 1 (Winter 1996): 9-27.

Nozick, Robert. Philosophical Explanations. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981.

Oakeshott, Michael. Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1962.

Rasmussen, Douglas and Douglas J. Den Uyl. Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005.

Rorty, Richard. “Postmodernist Bourgeois Liberalism.” The Journal of Philosophy (October 1983): 583-589.

Toulmin, Stephen. Return to Reason. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.