David Enoch, professor of philosophy and law at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the recipient of a roughly $1 million grant for a project called “Liberalism Rekindled”.
Here’s a description of the project:
This project rests on two underlying (tentative) assumptions: First, when it comes to the most fundamental parts of normative political philosophy, the liberal tradition has gotten things roughly right. Second, the liberal tradition has also gotten a lot wrong, and many of the criticisms launched at that tradition are justified, and incorporate important insights. This kind of liberalism is worth rekindling, because it got the fundamentals right. And it needs rekindling because as it stands, it got too many of the details wrong, so that without such rekindling work it cannot nowadays play the role that a comprehensive, fundamental political philosophy ought to play, and perhaps it never could. Therefore, systematic, complex philosophical work is needed in order to show how liberalism can not only respond to criticisms but incorporate the important insights underlying them, without compromising the central liberal principles and values. This is the task of this project.
The grant will support a new research group at Hebrew University over the next five years, including postdocs and graduate students.