The Promise of Liberty : A Non-Utopian Vision
Tibor Machan's central political imperative in The Promise of Liberty is one that he has found borne out by history, analysis, and personal experience: to recognize that individuals have unalienable rights to their lives, liberty, and property (which includes, of course, the pursuit of their happiness, their life agendas), that the only limitations on these rights should be others' equal rights, and that the proper function or role of the legal authorities in a country is to 'secure' or protect these rights. As Machan points out, however, that imperative cannot survive scrutiny all on its own; it needs to be grounded on other true notions, on facts about us, the world, and the nature of community life. As a result, this book touches on a wide-ranging array of topics and addresses basic issues in ethics and the possibility of moral and ethical knowledge. This book will be of interest to students of politics and political economy, as well as those interested in what kind of human community is best suited for human living as such, with all its variety and multiplicity.
- Electronic book text | 312 pages
- 16 Apr 2009
- Lexington Books
- MD, United States
About Tibor R Machan
Tibor R. Machan holds the R. C. Hoiles Chair in Business Ethics & Free Enterprise at Chapman University's Argyros School of B&E and is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Machan's The Promise of Liberty continues his tenacious and sharp witted exploration of the basics as well as implications of a bona fide free society, as well as of several of the issues that critics claim are certainly the undoing of such a political economy. The topics are all fascinating?among them: smoking and liberty, fetal rights, ethics and science, negative externalities, do we have the right to be wrong, is stakeholder business management just, does the famous Lockean Proviso pose the problems for private property rights as those who deploy it claim, and numerous others that are routinely rolled out as if they easily destroyed the case for liberty. As Machan shows, they do not. This is perhaps Machan's most thoroughly integrated philosophical defense of the great promise of liberty for human community affairs..--Nicholas Capaldi In this wide-ranging volume, Tibor Machan presents the reader with well-argued and well-documented philosophical considerations, arguing the case that liberty as a political ideal is both desirable and feasible. From foundational issues such as the natureof objectivity to specifics such as smoking bans and health care reform, Machan argues with both passion and rigor, in clear prose that will be of value to philosophers and lay readers alike....--Aeon J. Skoble, Bridgewater State College