The Place of Liberty

Colin M. Macleod

in Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293972
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599798 | DOI:
 The Place of Liberty

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Dworkin argues that equality is the sovereign virtue of political community but he also defends a form of liberalism that prizes individual liberty. This chapter examines Dworkin's attempt to secure a place for individual liberty within the basic structure of equality of resources. The argumentative strategy—the constitutive bridge strategy—deployed by Dworkin is needlessly complex and ad hoc. A simpler, interest‐based strategy provides a better account of the relationship between egalitarianism and individual liberty rights.

Keywords: authenticity; constitutive bridge; equality; equality of resources; interests; liberty; negative liberty; opportunity cost

Chapter.  11806 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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