References (37)



New Approaches to Classical Liberalism

Nicolás Maloberti

Liberty Fund, Inc.

April 16, 2012

Rationality, Markets and Morals Vol. 3 (2012): 22-50

This article focuses on the following three novel and original philosophical approaches to classical liberalism: Den Uyl and Rasmussen’s perfectionist argument from meta-norms, Gaus’s justificatory model, and Kukathas’s conscience-based theory of authority. None of these three approaches are utilitarian or consequentialist in character. Neither do they appeal to the notion of a rational bargain as it is typical within contractarianism. Furthermore, each of these theory rejects the idea that classical liberalism should be grounded on considerations of interpersonal justice such as those that are central to the Lockean tradition. It is argued that these three theories, despite their many attractive features, fail to articulate in a convincing manner some central classical liberal concerns.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: classical liberalism, perfectionism, political liberalism, freedom of association

Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: April 17, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Maloberti, Nicolás, New Approaches to Classical Liberalism (April 16, 2012). Rationality, Markets and Morals Vol. 3 (2012): 22-50. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2040758

Contact Information

Nicolás Maloberti (Contact Author)
Liberty Fund, Inc. ( email )
8335 Allison Pointe Trail, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46250
United States
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 289
Downloads: 49
References:  37