The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism

The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism

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A collection of material on a range of topics in contemporary liberalism. Liberal theory has been characterized by its critics as an abstract, unworldly, trivial philosophical navel-gazing pursuit. This text seeks to counter that view by showing how liberalism can tackle practical issues. Rather than simply presenting contemporary liberalism in terms of a survey of what its main protagonists - Rawls, Habermas, Rorty, Foucault, and more - have said, the guiding principle of the volume is to conceptualize the theory as a set of issues and approaches that constitute liberalism's contemporary practical challenges. By highlighting issues such as human rights, citizenship, nationalism, feminism, international communities, supranational orders, post-communism and ecocentrism, the reader is shown the ways in which liberalism engages directly with the problems of practical political life today. The emphasis is placed on agenda-setting, showing that contemporary liberalism is live - relevant, proactive, continuously engaged and adaptable, and that the problems faced by the liberal order are sufficiently complex and perplexing to demand the serious, rigorous philosophical reflection offered by contemporary liberal political theory. The contributors include: Will Kymlicka; Michael Freeden; Richard Bellamy; Rex Martin; Margaret Canovan; Diana T. Meyers; and Kate Soper.show more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748613587
  • 9780748613588