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Victor Nuovo: Introducing John Stewart Mill

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

John Stuart Mill (1806–73) dominated the intellectual life of English speaking peoples during the 19th century. He and his mentor Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) were founders of a school of social thought known as Utilitarianism, which provided a rationale for political and economic liberalism.

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Victor Nuovo: Moral pessimism and the liberal state

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of essays looking at the foundations of conservatism and liberalism.

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Victor Nuovo: Wollstonecraft's liberal voice rebuts Burke's defense of the entitled elite

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

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Victor Nuovo: Burke on the Social Contract

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

As a conservative, Burke believed the civil state is necessary to human welfare. It is an existential necessity. He allowed for no prior state of nature in which, even hypothetically, human animals might exist let alone flourish. Nor did he allow for any independent standpoint of reason from which free persons might enter into fundamental agreements.

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Victor Nuovo: Condorcet: A Tale of Two Revolutions

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

Condorcet, a leading philosopher in the French Revolution, believed that he was living in a revolutionary age — the “rights of man,” of life, liberty, equality and property had so caught fire in the minds of people that they could no longer ignore or endure the oppressive wrongs of their governments.

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Victor Nuovo: Progress is a hallmark of liberalism

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
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Belief in human progress has been a hallmark of liberalism. It is the expectation that the economic, moral and political circumstances of this most problematic of animal species, mankind, will improve indefinitely over the course of time for as long as there is life on earth.

Condorcet was confident of this. He believed that, through a careful study of history, the laws of human development would become evident, and that possessed of the knowledge of these laws, humanity would be empowered to achieve its own perfection through democratic means.

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Victor Nuovo: Condorcet and the French Revolution

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

Nicholas de Condorcet (1743–94) was a French aristocrat, mathematician, philosopher and revolutionary. He pioneered in the use of probability theory to explain social behavior, decision-making and voting patterns. He was a founder of modern political science. He was also a tragic figure: he was a leader in the French Revolution and became one of its victims.

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Victor Nuovo: Diderot's religion: a philosophy of nature

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

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Victor Nuovo: Diderot on duty and justice

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

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Victor Nuovo: Lingering problems with Hobbes

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
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Editor’s note: This is the 16th essay by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought, focusing on the great political thinkers.

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