As soon as one examines it, ‘liberalism’ fractures into a variety of types and competing visions. In this entry we focus on debates within the liberal tradition. We begin by
(1) examining different interpretations of liberalism's core commitment liberty. We then consider
(2) the longstanding debate between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ liberalism. In section
(3) we turn to the more recent controversy about whether liberalism is a ‘comprehensive’ or a ‘political’ doctrine.
(4) by considering disagreements as to ‘the reach’ of liberalism.