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Liberty, Equality, and Humbug: Orwell's Political Ideals

David Dwan


Orwell is part of the political vocabulary of our times, yet, partly because of this popularity, what he stands for remains opaque. His writing confirms deep and widely shared intuitions about political justice, but part of its enduring fascination derives from the fact that these intuitions don’t quite add up. This book accounts for these inconsistencies by exploring the broader moral conflict at the centre of Orwell’s work and the troubled views of justice it yields. Examining five key concepts in turn—liberty, equality, solidarity, truth, and happiness—the book shows how Orwell entertained ... More

Keywords: liberty, equality, solidarity, truth, happiness, socialism, moralism, intellectuals, political thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198738527
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198738527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Dwan, author
Associate Professor, Hertford College, University of Oxford

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