By Gregory Claeys

This quantity set explores smooth and modern political idea given that 1750, the thinkers, techniques, debates, concerns and nationwide traditions that experience formed political idea from the Enlightenment to post-modernism and post-structuralism.

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ThomasUniversity of Colorado DenverJames ThompsonUniversity of BristolChris ThornhillUniversity of Glasgow, ScotlandVladimir TismaneanuUniversity of MarylandMikko TolonenUniversity of HelsinkiKeith TribeUniversity of BristolFrancesco TuccariUniversity of TurinRachel S. TurnerKeele UniversityColin TylerUniversity of HullEdward VallanceUniversity of RoehamptonGeorgios VarouxakisQueen Mary, University of LondonMassimo VerdicchioUniversity of Alberta, CanadaK. Steven VincentNorth Carolina State UniversityJohn O.

Tonsor. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund. First published 1910. Fears, J. Rufus, ed. 1988. Selected Writings of Lord Acton. 3 vols. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund. Fosnacht, George. 1952. Acton’s Political Philosophy: An Analysis. New York: Viking Press. Hill, Roland. 2000. Lord Acton. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Himmelfarb, Gertrude. 1952. Lord Acton: A Study of Conscience and Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Pezzimenti, Rocco. 2001. The Political Thought of Lord Acton: The English Catholics in the Nineteenth Century.

Slavery, however, could not be defended, as it violated the freedom of the owned and corrupted the owner. Acton advocated both poor relief and free trade for the same reason: they enabled prosperity, which in turn encouraged liberty. Religion, as seen above, was a vital factor in creating the context for freedom. Christianity put forward ideas vital to the advance of freedom: protection of conscience, the church-state distinction, self-government, and alleviation of poverty. Yet in Acton’s sophisticated interpretation, the church was not always the vehicle for the delivery of these ideas to realization in history.

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