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The study of liberal society and modernity, i.e. simply liberalism, has two major interlinked objectives. First, this is to argue and demonstrate that liberal society and modernity is a free as well as equal and just social system and historical period, and to that extent the most appropriate, compatible and desirable Durkheimian societal type within, as Comte would put it, contemporary civilization or humanity. The second objective is to argue and demonstrate that contemporary civilization during its relatively long durée of two centuries since the 18th century Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and perhaps before has essentially moved in the direction of liberal society and liberalism via societal liberalization, liberation and human emancipation.

Keywords: contemporary civilization; idealism; liberal modernity; liberal society



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