Liberty and Community: The Political Philosophy of William by R.B. Thigpen

By R.B. Thigpen

This learn of the political philosophy of William Ernest Hocking be­ gan as a doctoral dissertation at Tulane college. Hocking (1873- 1966) used to be for a few years Alford Professor of usual faith, ethical Philosophy, and Civil Polity at Harvard college. even supposing he's rather recognized between American philosophers, quite via scholars of metaphysics and the philosophy of faith, little or no atten­ tion has been given to his political philosophy. a few basic reviews of his proposal summarize his political writings in a truly cursory model, yet they don't speak about his contributions intimately or relate them to major matters in political philosophy. most crucial normal works on glossy political philosophy or American political idea don't even point out Hocking; a couple of word his identify in passing. simply because he's nearly thoroughly unknown within the social sciences, the unique function of this research used to be to discover, systematize, and current his huge writings in political philosophy. It then turned obvious that his complete political philosophy is orientated round the techniques of liberty and neighborhood. while his suggestion is analyzed by way of those issues, its harmony and coherence are extra visible. furthermore, his writings develop into extra major after they are relating to liberty and neighborhood, for those are focal ideas for very important difficulties in glossy political philosophy. This research of Hocking's political philosophy will, it really is was hoping, support us to determine how liberty and neighborhood might be extra comprehensible, possible, and appropriate with one another.

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