Peter L. P. Simpson

The City University of New York, USA


US  Style  Liberalism
Its Problems, History,
and Solution



Jacek Woroniecki OP Memorial Lectures

May 18-24, 2016 KUL - Lublin (Poland)

(30 hours course in a week-time, 2 ECTS points)


Dr. Peter Simpson is a Full Professor for the Philosophy Department. He is also a Professor of Philosophy and Classics at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC; University College, Dublin, Ireland; and Manchester Polytechnic, United Kingdom.


Dr. Peter Simpson’s most recent book is Political Illiberalism: A Defense of Freedom (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2015).


This book deconstructs the story of liberalism that John Rawls, author of Political Liberalism, and many others have put forward. Peter L. P. Simpson […] analyzes and confronts the assumptions of this liberalism by challenging its view of liberty and especially its cornerstone that politics should not be about the comprehensive good. He presents the fundamentals of the idea of a truer liberalism as derived from human nature, with particular attention to the role and power of religion, using the political thought of Aristotle, the founding fathers of the United States, thinkers of the Roman Empire, and contemporary practice. Political Illiberalism concludes with reflections on morals in the political context of the comprehensive good.


Simpson views the modern state as despotically authoritarian; consequently, seeking liberty within it is illusory. Human politics requires devolution of authority to local communities, on the one hand, and a proper distinction between spiritual and temporal powers, on the other. This thought-provoking work is essential for all political scientists and philosophy scholars.

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