Liberty versus libertarianism

  title={Liberty versus libertarianism},
  author={Gene Callahan},
  journal={Politics, Philosophy \& Economics},
  pages={48 - 67}
  • G. Callahan
  • Published 1 February 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Politics, Philosophy & Economics
This article aims to persuade its reader that libertarianism, at least in several of its varieties, is a species of the genus that Michael Oakeshott referred to as ‘rationalism in politics’. I hope to demonstrate, employing the work of Oakeshott as well as Aristotle and Onora O’Neill, how many libertarian theorists, who generally have a sincere and admirable commitment to personal liberty, have been led astray by the rationalist promise that we might be able to approach deductive certainty… 

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