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Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom

Jacob T. Levy


Intermediate groups—voluntary associations, churches, ethnocultural groups, universities, and more—can both protect and impair individual liberty. The same is true for centralized state action against such groups. This book argues that, both normatively and historically, liberal political thought rests on a deep tension between a rationalist suspicion of intermediate and local group power, and a pluralism favorable toward intermediate group life, and preserving the bulk of its suspicion for the centralizing state. The book studies this tension using tools from the history of political thought, ... More

Keywords: liberalism, pluralism, freedom of association, state centralization, intermediate bodies, ancient constitutionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717140
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob T. Levy, author
McGill University