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I. History – II. Philosophy – III. Social Sciences and Ethics – IV. Religion

I. History

1. General

Since the 18th century, European liberalism has fought for a civil society, demanding three kinds of civil rights: (1) equality before the law, guaranteed by the rule of law; (2) equal opportunity for political participation, made possible by the right to vote and free access to the public arena; (3) provision of basic social opportunities. L…

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Langewiesche, Dieter, Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, Zenkert, Georg and Gräb, Wilhelm, “Liberalism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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