Essay on Debate Prep
Against the motion:
Modern liberalism has moved too far away from the ideas of classical liberalism?
Both classical and modern liberals believe that the individual is a building block of society and that each person is different and thus had different strengths and weaknesses. J. S. Mill implied the nature of humankind as a diverse species should be viewed as a strength. The idea of Freedom and protection of individual rights is also common of both strands. These beliefs stem from the Enlightenment theory that individuals are distinct and valuable, with John Locke defines our (God-given) natural rights as "Life, liberty and property". Immanuel Kant views humans as "ends in themselves", implying that and he makes …show more content…
The Modern and Classical strands of liberalism share similar principles - indeed if they did not, it would be wrong to classify them as two strands of the same ideology. It seems the fundamental differences between them rely on the 'negative' and 'positive' views, which define them and which lead on to the fundamental opposition inherent in liberalism: the role of the state.
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