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Bernard Williams, republicanism, and the liberalism of fear : problems and prospects.

Brooks, Thom (2013) 'Bernard Williams, republicanism, and the liberalism of fear : problems and prospects.', in The moral philosophy of Bernard Williams. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 107-113. Studies in theoretical and applied ethics.


Bernard Williams speaks approvingly of “the liberalism of fear” (2005). The liberalism of fear is an idea first found in the writings of Judith Shklar (1989). This chapter offers a brief presentation of what is the liberalism of fear and focusses on why Williams finds this idea attractive. My argument will be that the liberalism of fear has a close affinity with the theory of republicanism, challenging the distinctiveness of the liberalism of fear. Furthermore, I will argue that republicanism represents a more compelling political philosophy more generally.

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Date deposited:27 August 2013
Date of first online publication:2013
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