Thinking about Liberty:
an Historian's Approach
2016, cm 17 x 24, 78 pp. con 4 tavv. f.t. a colori
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Contemporary political theorists frequently say that there is only one coherent way of thinking about liberty, and that it consists in recognising that an individual is free so long as there is no interference with the exercise of his or her powers. The author shows that this is mere dogma by tracing a genealogy that considers different ways of thinking about liberty, a central concept in social and political thought in today’s Western democracies.
Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London. He is Fellow of the British Academy and many other learned societies, and holds numerous Honorary Degrees and Fellowships from universities all over the world. Skinner’s historical research presents an original interpretation of the genesis of political categories and points of view during the medieval and early modern periods in Europe. His fundamental contribution in this area, The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (CUP 1978), has long been regarded as a classic. His 2006 Balzan Prize research project resulted in the publication of Freedom and the Construction of Europe (CUP 2013).