Liberty Lecture: Rationalism, Pluralism and Freedom

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

337 Cohen Hall

Jacob T. Levy

Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory
Associate Graduate Program Director
Department of Political Science
Associate member of the Department of Philosophy
Coordinator, Research Group on Constitutional Studies, McGill University

Intermediate groups voluntary associations, churches, ethnocultural groups, universities, and more-can both protect and threaten individual liberty. The same is true for centralized state action against such groups. This wide-ranging 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.