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p. xvip. 11. A house of many mansionslocked

  • Michael Freeden


‘A house of many mansions’ shows that to understand liberalism you must recognize that there are various ways of looking at it. Liberalism is an ideology that contains seven political concepts that interact at its core: liberty, rationality, individuality, progress, sociability, the general interest, and limited and accountable power. These core elements are the nucleus around which all liberalisms revolve. Different forms of liberalism are discussed before concluding that liberalism has been adopted by truth-seekers, endorsed by humanists, campaigned for by reformers, cast aside by rival ideologies, deliberately misappropriated by those who wish to disguise their real political intentions, and attacked by those who regard it as a self-deluding smoke screen for anti-social conduct.

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