The Liberal Tradition in Focus

The Liberal Tradition in Focus : Problems and New Perspectives

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The Liberal Tradition in Focus is a collection of essays by prominent scholars in their fields on the nature of liberalism at the close of the twentieth century. Using a variety of analytical and substantive approaches, the authors compare the "old liberalism" of Locke, Smith, Hume, and Montesquieu to the variety of "new liberalisms" of thinkers such as Rawls, Dworkin, and Foucault. Each chapter of this engaging volume takes up a particular theme-democracy, capitalism, morality, feminism, toleration, constitutionalism, Third Way liberalism-and considers how the new liberalism's understanding differs from the old. The Liberal Tradition in Focus will be a valuable addition to the collections of scholars and students of political science and political philosophy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 15mm | 349.27g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739100831
  • 9780739100837
  • 2,278,414

Table of contents

chapter 1 Preface chapter 2 Acknowledgments chapter 3 The Tradition of Liberty and Its Memory: Why Does It Matter chapter 4 Constitutionalism, Old and New chapter 5 What Remains of Toleration? chapter 6 From Liberalism to Liberal Democracy chapter 7 Rousseau between Two Liberalisms: His Critique of the Older Liberalism and His Contribution to the Newer One chapter 8 The Paradoxes of the Third Way chapter 9 The Liberation of Women, Old and New chapter 10 Two Concepts of Liberalism chapter 11 Political Liberalism and Reasonable Diversity chapter 12 Political Economy and the Development of Liberalism chapter 13 Liberalism and Community: On the Natural Weakness of the Party of Liberty chapter 14 Index chapter 15 About the Contributors
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About Adam Wolfson

Joao Carlos Espada is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon and Director of the Institute for Political Studies at the Portuguese Catholic University. Marc F. Plattner is Coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and Codirector of the International Forum for Democratic Studies. Adam Wolfson is Executive Editor of The Public Interest.
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