Single Idea 18632

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / d. Liberal freedom]

Full Idea

One way of differentiating liberalism is that it gives priority to the basic liberties.

Gist of Idea

Liberalism tends to give priority to basic liberties


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn) [1990], 3.1.b)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn)' [OUP 1992], p.54

A Reaction

[He is citing Rawls for this] This is not the same as extreme libertarianism, which makes liberty the only priority. The issue would be over which liberties count as 'basic'. Taxation would be a good test case.