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Norman Barry RIP

October 27, 2008 by

Norman Barry, adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute, has died.

Professor Norman Barry It is with great sadness that the University has learned of the death this morning of Professor Norman Barry. As one of the foremost exponents of classical liberal theory in the United Kingdom, Norman established the foundation around which the study of politics developed at the University. His work as a scholar of Friedrich von Hayek, as a social and political theorist and as a writer in business ethics contributed greatly to the academic reputation of the University after his arrival in 1982. He received the ‘Liberty in Theory’ Lifetime Award from the Libertarian Alliance (LA) in 2005. Our condolences go to his colleagues, friends and family.

A graduate of the University of Exeter, Professor Barry lectured in Politics at Queen’s University of Belfast and at Birmingham Polytechnic (now the University of Central England) before being appointed as a Reader in Politics at the University of Buckingham in 1982. His books include Hayek’s Social and Economic Philosophy (1979), An Introduction to Modern Political Theory (1981), The Morality of Business Enterprise (1991), Classical Liberalism in an Age of Post-Communism (1996) and Business Ethics (1998). He was awarded a Chair in Social and Political Theory at Buckingham in 1984. He was also a visiting scholar at the Centre for Social Philosophy and Policy, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and at the Liberty Fund, Indianapolis. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs, London; the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, London; and the David Hume Institute, Edinburgh.

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Lester Hunt October 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I am shocked. I knew Norman when we were both at the Center for Social Philosophy and Policy. I believe I cooked a dinner for which he was a guest. He told quite an amusing story about meeting Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace as I recall. He will be missed.

David October 27, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I feel fortunate to have studied under Professor Barry a few years ago. I remember him emphasizing that the Anti-Federalists had been proved right after all. The Libertarian Alliance recently uploaded a number of interviews with British classical liberals which were made in the 1990s. Professor Barry gives an interesting account of the development of classical liberalism and an overview of the Austrian School:

http://www.libertarian.co.uk/botsford.htm

Frank van Dun October 27, 2008 at 8:24 pm

What a sad tiding! I have known Norman since the early eighties, when we first met at a Liberty Fund Conference on Human Nature and Liberty. Our last meeting was a few years ago, when the signs of his illness were already clearly visible but his mind was as sharp and combative as ever. His engaging personality and his contributions to the cause of liberty will be sorely missed.

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