The Virtues of Liberalism

The Virtues of Liberalism

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This spirited analysis and defence of American liberalism demonstrates the complex and rich traditions of political, economic, and social discourse that have informed American democratic culture from the seventeenth century to the present. The Virtues of Liberalism provides a convincing response to critics right and left. In contrast to prevailing tendencies to simplify and distort American liberalism, Kloppenberg shows how the multifaceted virtues of liberalism have inspired theorists and reformers from Jefferson and Madison through Jane Addams and John Dewey to Martin Luther King Jr., and how these virtues persist in the work of liberal democrats today. Endorsing the efforts of such neo-progressive and communitarian theorists and journalists as Michael Walzer, Jane Mansbridge, and Michael Sandel, Kloppenberg adds a more acute analysis of the historical development of American liberalism and of the complex reasons why it has been transformed and made more vulnerable in recent decades.
At a time when conservatives join radicals in distorting the development of liberalism and underestimating its resources, Kloppenberg offers a probing historical analysis and reassessment of the theory and practice of liberalism today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 164.3 x 242.6 x 27.2mm | 617.08g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195121406
  • 9780195121407

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An important book. With great learning, clarity, and passion, Kloppenberg has given us a fresh and richer understanding of the historical meanings of liberalism, and he has done so in a manner that exemplifies the very virtues he so effectively elucidates. * Thomas Bender, New York University *
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About James Kloppenberg

James T. Kloppenberg is Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University. He is co-editor, with Richard Wightman Fox, of A Companion to American Thought (1995), and author of Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920 (Oxford University Press, 1986), which was awarded the Merle Curti Prize in intellectual history by the Organization of Americam Historians.
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