Libertarianism: History and Philosophy


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What political value do libertarians place above all others?

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1. What type of libertarianism is based upon the concept of natural law?

2. Which type of philosophy discussed in the lesson believes governments are entirely unnecessary?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

As a political philosophy, libertarianism's general posture favors less government. Your knowledge of libertarianism can be tested using this assessment, which includes defining the various types of libertarianism and understanding its historical origins.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on key facts about libertarianism, such as the following:

  • The primary political value of libertarianism
  • The type of libertarianism that is based on natural law
  • The libertarian philosophy that believes government is unnecessary
  • The century when libertarianism was fully developed
  • The type of libertarianism that is outcome based

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as libertarianism and liberty
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as natural rights libertarianism, consequentialist libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding whose writings libertarianism is based on and when those writings were published
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about contemporary leaders of modern libertarianism

Additional Learning

To learn more about libertarianism, review the accompanying lesson about the beliefs and history of this political philosophy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define libertarianism
  • Differentiate between libertarianism and liberty
  • Identify the founders of libertarianism and know when it originated
  • Know the contemporary leaders of libertarianism
  • Identify three types of libertarianism and know the definition of each type