Contemporary liberalism combines ideas from this historical tradition to make a political theory that places at its heart the equal treatment of each person. Paul Kelly provides an overview of the basic building blocks of contemporary liberalism – contractarianism, impartiality, justice and freedom, – and introduces students to the ideas of its key theorists John Rawls, Brian Barry and Ronald Dworkin. He goes on to consider three major challenges facing liberalism today and concludes with a defence of the continuing relevance of political liberalism in the contemporary world.
1 Introduction: What is Liberalism?.
2 The Sources of Liberal Equality.
3 The Social Contract.
4 Liberalism and Liberty.
5 Liberalism and Equality.
6 How Political is Political Liberalism.
7 False Neutrality and Ethnocentrism.
8 Liberalism the State and Beyond.