LIBERALISM focuses on the rights, interests, and reasoning of individual moral agents.
In other words, LIBERALISM claims that people should have the right to act and live in accord with their own conception of a good life as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others to do the same.
Liberalism and Communitarianism Differs in Two Ways
LIBERALISM differs from COMMUNITARIANISM as a NORMATIVE THEORY in two main ways.
1.) LIBERALISM claims there should not be one conception of the good or one overarching moral value that all individuals live by and share.
2.) LIBERALISM claims that the rights and interests of individuals should not be sacrificed for the interests of the larger society.
Why? Because different individuals have different values and different conceptions of what constitutes a good life.
So LIBERALISM states it would be wrong to try to adopt a particular conception of the good for everyone.
So society should remain neutral on these normative issues based on individuals alone.