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Liberal society and modernity: Ideals and institutions of liberalism

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Most conceptions and typologies of the ideals and institutions of liberalism explicitly or implicitly incorporate and emphasize the liberal triple “plan” and “trinity” of liberty, equality and justice and their variations and ramifications. In an extended conception, classification or codification, the ideals and institutions of liberalism, i.e. the defining attributes and constitutive components of liberal society and modernity, comprise the following: integral liberty; egalitarianism; social justice; democracy; social pluralism; social universalism; individualism; rationalism, progressivism, modernism and optimism; humanism and secularism; pacifism and the like. These liberal ideals and institutions are considered in this chapter.

Keywords: egalitarianism; individualism; liberal society; liberalism; modernity; pacifism; rationalism; social universalism; societal pluralism



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