Liberty and equality are incompatible

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liberty and equality are incompatible

Are Liberty and Equality Compatible? by Jan Narveson

Are the political ideals of liberty and equality compatible? This question is of central and continuing importance in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and welfare economics. In this book, two distinguished philosophers take up the debate. Jan Narveson argues that a political ideal of negative liberty is incompatible with any substantive ideal of equality, while James P. Sterba argues that Narvesons own ideal of negative liberty is compatible, and in fact leads to the requirements of a substantive ideal of equality. Of course, they cannot both be right. Thus, the details of their arguments about the political ideal of negative liberty and its requirements will determine which of them is right. Engagingly and accessibly written, their debate will be of value to all who are interested in the central issue of what are the practical requirements of a political ideal of liberty.
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Liberty and Equality

Aug 3, liberty is incompatible with any substantive ideal of equality; while the political ideal of negative liberty and its requirements will determine.
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Liberty and equality are two sides of the same coin. Explain.

Discussion of liberty and equality concerns one of the most relevant topics in political science. For liberty and equality are basic to constitutional government. Authoritarianism is by and large condemned because it supposedly denies liberty and equality, whereas constitutionalism is praised because it supposedly protects these values. However, this does not mean that the fellowship of liberty and equality under a constitutional government is an unproblematic one. Advocates of constitutional government like Montesquieu and Tocqueville, much as they were interested in a society characterized by liberty and equality, recognized an inherent conflict between these values. As a matter of fact, both seem, in an absolute sense, to be competitive, if not incompatible.

Are the political ideals of liberty and equality compatible? This question is of central and continuing importance in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and welfare economics. In this book, two distinguished philosophers take up the debate. Jan Narveson, author of The Libertarian Idea , argues that a political ideal of negative liberty is incompatible with any substantive ideal of equality, while James P. Of course, they cannot both be right. Thus, the details of their arguments about the political ideal of negative liberty and its requirements will determine which of them is right.

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Liberty or Equality: The Challenge of Our Time

Tags World History Political Theory. Sometime in the 18th century, the word equality gained ground as a political ideal, but the idea was always vague.

Except for his extensive treatises about Russian literary and intellectual life, Isaiah is primarily renowned as a political theoretician, one of the most formidable defenders of liberalism and a foremost historian of ideas. He is acclaimed for his anti-authoritarian political philosophy and criticism of totalitarian doctrines. Isaiah never wrote a single-volume magnum opus, but expressed his thought mainly through his brilliant essays and lectures. The two most central themes in his oeuvre are freedom and value pluralism. It assumed that the individual should above all be striving for and be allowed freedom from external interferences of any sort.

Liberty and Equality are closely related to each other. There is no value of liberty in the absence of equality. They are the same conditions viewed from different angles. They are the two sides of the same coin. Though there is a close relationship between liberty and equality, yet there are some political thinkers who do not find any relationship between liberty and equality.

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