This 1990 collection explores one recurrent theme connecting philosophy and politics: the relation between the nature of man and the structure of society. It does so by concentrating on the topical issue of the market economy as an attempt to resolve the clash between individual autonomy and collective action. Beginning with a historical and personal recollection by Enoch Powell and a response by Robert Skidelsky, the volume then provides a forum for political theorists and philosophers to take issue on the fundamental topics of markets and morals; liberal man; and equality and libertarianism. It succeeds equally as a stimulating textbook and a book for the general reader who wishes to understand the philosophical issues arising in a market economy.
List of contributors; Preface G. K. M. Hunt; Theory and practice J. Enoch Powell; Response Robert Skidelsky; Markets and morals G. W. Smith; Response Don Locke; Liberal man Susan Mendus; Response Peter Binns; Equality David Miller; Response Kenneth Minogue; Libertarianism Norman Barry; Conclusion A. Phillips Griffiths; Index; References.