The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism

The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism

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A major new reference volume - The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism is the premier collection of material on a comprehensive range of topics in contemporary liberalism. Liberal theory has been caricatured by its critics as an abstract, unworldly, trivial philosophical navel-gazing pursuit. The Companion counters this view by showing how liberalism can tackle wide-ranging practical concerns that urgently demand attention in twenty-first century politics. Rather than presenting contemporary liberalism simply and narrowly as a survey of what its main academic protagonists have said over the past 30 years, the guiding principle of the volume is to conceptualise it primarily as a set of themes and approaches informed by the challenges to the practice of liberal politics. Issues such as human rights, citizenship, nationalism, feminism, international communities, supranational orders, post-communism and ecocentrism take their place alongside the more familiar and well-worked themes of justice and justification as topics for liberal theorising. The reader is vividly shown the ways in which liberalism engages directly with the problems of practical political life today.This wide-ranging account of contemporary liberal thinking places the emphasis 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 Companion allows the reader to explore liberalism's contemporary relevance and to look to its likely future developments. With contributors including Will Kymlicka, Michael Freeden, Richard Bellamy, Rex Martin, Margaret Canovan, Diana T. Meyers, and Kate Soper, this large, definitive edition will be a must-buy for all libraries and a key reference tool for all those with an interest in contemporary liberalism.Key Features: * Major reference work - the only comprehensive reference work on contemporary liberalism * Shows how liberalism is relevant to practical issues such as human rights, citizenship, international communities and post-communism * Looks to the future development of liberalism * Contributions from the leading figures in the field of liberalism including Will Kymlicka, Michael Freeden and Rex Martin
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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 194 x 246 x 30mm | 920.81g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748613595
  • 9780748613595

About Mark Evans

Mark Evans is Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Wales, Swansea and author of Liberal Justifications.
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Table of contents

Part One: 'The Liberal Trajectory'; 1. Issues and Trends in Contemporary Liberalism; Mark Evans (University of Swansea); 2. Twentieth-Century Liberal Thought; Michael Freeden (University of Oxford); Part Two: Citizenship: Universalism and Particularism; 3. Human Rights and Ethnocultural Justice; Will Kymlicka (Queen's University, Ontario); 4. Liberalism and Citizenship; Andrew Vincent (University of Cardiff); 5. Liberalism and the Power of the Nation; Margaret Canovan (University of Keele); 6. Liberal Citizenship and Feminism; Andrea Baumeister (University of Stirling); Part Three: Justice: Identity and Distribution; 7. Liberalism and the Politics of Recognition; Jonathan Seglow (Royal Holloway and Bedford New College); 8. The Essential Indeterminacy of Rawls's Difference Principle; Rex Martin (University of Kansas); 9. Rawlsian Theory, Contemporary Marxism and the Difference Principle; Rodney G. Peffer (University of San Diego); Part Four: Problems of Liberal Justification; 10. Disenchantment and the Liberalism of Fear; Peter Lassman (University of Birmingham); 11. Pragmatist Liberalism and the Evasion of Politics; Mark Evans (University of Swansea); 12. Liberalism and Contingency; Bruce Haddock (University of Swansea); Part Five: Liberalism versus Republicanism?; 13. Back to the Future: Pluralism and the Republican Alternative to Liberalism; Richard Bellamy (University of Reading); 14. Accommodating Republicanism; David Ramussen (Boston College, Massachusetts); Part Six: The 'Autonomous Individual': Feminist Critiques and Liberal Replies; 15. Liberalism, Feminism, Enlightenment; Kate Soper (University of North London); 16. Feminism and Women's Autonomy; Diana Tietjens Meyers (University of Connecticut); Part Seven: Liberalism Beyond the Nation-State; 17. Civil Association: The European Union as a Supranational Liberal Legal Order; Robert Bideleux (University of Swansea); 18. The Idea of a Liberal-Democratic Peace; Howard Williams (University of Aberystwyth); 19. Constructing International Community; Peter Sutch (University of Cardiff); Part Eight: 'New Directions for Liberal Thinking'; 20. Liberalism and Postcommunism; Richard Sakwa (University of Kent, Canterbury); 21. Liberalism, Ecocentrism, and Persons; Brian Baxter (University of Dundee); 22. A Liberal Theory of the Good Life; Mark Evans (University of Swansea); Bibliography; Index.
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