Sunday, August 1, 2010
The Place of Religion in Liberal Philosophy
Schlarbaum Prize winner Ralph Raico's book, The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton with an introduction by Guido Hulsmann. It was Raico's PhD dissertation written under the direction of F. A. Hayek at the University of Chicago. In it Raico shows how Christian doctrine and morality played a crucial part of the social thought of these three towering figures of classical liberalism. These men were radically committed to liberty and a free society, not because they were lawless or thought that liberty is an end in itself, but because they saw liberty as a means to an even a higher end.