Introducing the Ordered Liberty Symposium
This week, we will be hosting an online symposium on James Fleming & Linda McClain’s new book Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (Harvard University Press 2013). Fleming and McClain attack the citadel of the liberal rights-bearer approach of constitutional law and offer an alternative, from within liberalism. They articulate a civic liberalism that takes responsibilities and virtues—as well as rights—seriously. Fleming and McClain engage with the ideas of Ronald Dworkin, John Rawls, Robin West (who is joining us), Michael Sandel, among others and bring their competing conception of civic liberalism to contemporary debates about same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, education of children, the role of the state in families, and free speech/anti-discrimination law. It is a fascinating and important contribution.
Joining us to talk about the book are: