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Chapter 9: Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism: The Liberty Tradition
Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism: The Liberty Tradition
The Liberty Tradition
Alasdair MacIntyre provides a helpful characterization of what constitutes a ‘tradition’ within moral or political thought. He says that such a tradition is:
an argument extended through time in which certain fundamental agreements are defined and redefined in terms of two kinds of conflict: those with critics and enemies external to the tradition who reject all or at least key parts of those fundamental agreements, and those internal, interpretative debates through which the meaning and rationale of the fundamental agreements come to be expressed and by whose progress a tradition is constituted. (1988:12)
In MacIntyre's sense, libertarianism and classical liberalism constitute a tradition of political thought. Within a tradition ...