What's Left of Liberalism?

What's Left of Liberalism? : An Interpretation and Defense of Justice as Fairness

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The left's reluctance to embrace political liberalism is based, in part, on the persistent misunderstandings of justice as fairness. In What's Left of Liberalism? Jon Mandle provides a systematic overview of the theory, discussing its basic structure and describing the models of society and the person, as well as the idea of public reason, that it supports. Mandle also considers the challenges posed to political liberalism by communitarianism and postmodernism, offering critiques of theorists such as Edmund Burke, Michael Oakeshott, and Roger Scruton; and Jacques Derrida, Richard Rorty, and Michel Foucault. Scholars will find Mandle's arguments thought-provoking, while students will find his clarification of Rawls a useful supplement to the original texts.show more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 544.32g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073910103X
  • 9780739101032

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A valuable document for courses that address contemporary American political thought. -- Eldon Eisenach, University of Tulsa One of the most reliable and insightful explication of Rawls's work available. CHOICE A remarkably thorough guide to both the intricate details of Rawls's rather complex and multi-leveld theory... Students who are approaching Rawls for the first time as well as those who have wrestled with his ideas for many years will find [this book] helpful in its clarity of presentation and capacity to pinpoint precisely where misreadings of Rawls get a foothold, and where they go wrong. Philosophy in Review Jon Mandle's book directly addresses some of the important difficulties in reading and understanding Rawls... Rawls's work is notoriously difficult because of the comprehensiveness of his view, the sophistication of his position, the many technical "asides," and the style in which it was written. What's Left of Liberalism? cuts through all of this. -- Ruth Sample, University of New Hampshireshow more

About Jon Mandle

Jon Mandle is Associate Professor of Philosophy at SUNY-Albany. He has widely published on John Rawls and the theory of justice as fairness.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Liberalism and the Left Part 3 Justice As Fairness I: Framework Chapter 4 The Basic Structure Chapter 5 Reflective Equilibrium Chapter 6 The Model-Conceptions Chapter 7 Public Reason Part 8 Justice As Fairness II: Principles Chapter 9 Primary Goods and Neutrality Chapter 10 The Original Position and the First Principle of Justice Chapter 11 The Second Principle of Justice Chapter 12 Comparison with Mixed Conceptions Part 13 Communitarianism and Conservatism Chapter 14 Sandel and the Priority of Right Chapter 15 Complex Equality Chapter 16 Conservatism Part 17 The Politics of Postmodernism Chapter 18 Poststructuralism Chapter 19 Foucault Chapter 20 Habermas Chapter 21 Conclusion Chapter 22 Bibliography Chapter 23 Indexshow more

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