Are liberty and equality compatible is part of a new series called 'for and against' by cambridge university press the aim of the series, general editor r g frey tells us in his foreword, is to present core arguments in an ongoing philosophical dispute in a way accessible also to the enlightened public.
Reconciling liberty and equality there seems to be an endless debate amongst different philosophers in different political traditions on whether or not the concepts of liberty and equality are reconcilable.
To us the word “freedom” embodies the individual right of free choice the word equality encompasses the bedrock principle that every person should have the same rights to all the protections and rights granted under our constitution. However, the issue of compatibility relies on how you define the terms liberty and equality because, in the words of wb gallie, both liberty and equality are “essentially contested concepts” and there are therefore different interpretations of each concepts meaning.
Are the political ideals of liberty and equality compatible this question is of central and continuing importance in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and welfare economics in this book, two distinguished philosophers take up the debate. Are liberty and equality compatible introduction “all humans are born free and are born equal in dignity and rights”1 this is article 1 of the universal declaration of human rights - given that it is so central a premise of what the un does, it implies that the ability to be free and equal is surely attainable, perhaps currently occurring in developed countries today. Are liberty and equality compatible introduction “all humans are born free and are born equal in dignity and rights”1 this is article 1 of the universal declaration of human rights - given that it is so central a premise of what the un does, it implies that the ability to be free and equal is surely attainable, perhaps currently.
However, equality as equal consideration is allowed for, each individual conditioned with their happiness being viewed in the same equal extent that they are positively free and are able to maximize their potential in their designated class 15 it seems then that in this example, liberty and equality are compatible. Liberty and equality are closely related to each other there is no value of liberty in the absence of equality they are the same conditions viewed from different angles they are the two sides of the same coin.