THE LIBERAL TRADITION by William Aylott Orton


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A study of the social and spiritual conditions of freedom- the foundations, historical obstacles, and leading contemporary application of the liberal theory- as envisioned by a scholar, English born and Cambridge educated, now living and teaching in this country. The work is both scholarly and interesting. The author is a profound believer in the liberal tradition, which- he feels- is opposed to ""statism"" in all forms, even the mildest forms of New Dealism. As an ardent individualist, he presents a strong case for the ""medium way"" which he claims is the heart of liberalism. He hopes for the eventual recrudescence of this way of life. Doubtless he must feel, with the advent of the British Labor Party to power, that the liberal tradition, which in modern times had its best manifestation in England, received its coup de grace. This book -- therefore -- is timely- as an obituary...Interesting to philosophers, historians, and those concerned with the principles of politics.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1945
Publisher: Yale Press