The Liberal future in America : essays in renewal /
edited by Philip Abbott and Michael B. Levy.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1985.
207 p. --
0313237611 (lib. bdg.)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1985.
0313237611 (lib. bdg.)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [193]-197.
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Appeared in Choice on 1985-10:
For some time there has been a concerted attack in both academic and political circles on contemporary liberalism. This provocative and well-written collection of essays by seven generally well known political scientists attempts to engage these critics by exploring fundamental philosophical conundrums and public policy dilemmas in the 1980s. Four essays deal primarily with social life, i.e., the problems arising from our congeries of individualism and our need for community against a background of political institutions and social need. Two essays deal with economic concerns, specifically regulation and entitlements. A single essay each is allocated to foreign policy in the context of liberal theory and to the dim prospects for a new liberal electoral coalition. The editors have written a fine (albeit limited) overview of the current debate over public philosophy and have included a good summary of each article, which should be useful to undergraduates. In general, the essays are critical of the excesses of liberal thought and rhetoric. They suggest new directions by a reconsideration of the philosophical difficulties and confusions besetting liberalism today; in doing so they provide a thoughtful basis for renewed public discourse. Bibliography. Recommended for advanced undergraduates as well as graduate students and faculty.-M.A. Kulbicki, York College of Pennsylvania
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The contributors to this collection approach the confused and paradoxical state of modern liberalism intending to clarify some new tendencies in liberal policy and philosophy. Prominent political scientists and political philosophers reflect on the difficulty of defining liberalism in a complex world for which it has neither lost its relevance nor proven its adequacy. They speculate on religion, family, economics, foreign policy, and other issues in relationship to recent changes in the liberal idea. The contributors do criticze some liberal practices and tendencies, but their basic purpose is to define the new directions in American liberalism, assess liberal programs, and examine the changing bases of the liberal constituency. Each seeks to define the foundations for a renewal of liberalism in America.
Table of Contents
Recent Titles In Contributions in Political Science Series Editor: Bernard K. Johnpollp. ii
Liberalism and Renewalp. 3
Liberalism and Libertyp. 17
Notesp. 34
Liberalism and Social Inventionp. 37
Notesp. 60
The Liberal Captivity Of Feminism: a Critical Appraisal of (some) Feminist Answersp. 63
Notesp. 82
Religion and Liberalism In The United Statesp. 85
Notesp. 104
Justifying Regulationp. 107
Notesp. 126
Liberty, Property, And Equality: Critical Reflections On the "New Property"p. 127
Notesp. 145
American Liberalism and The Use of Forcep. 149
Notesp. 170
Rebuilding a Liberal Constituencyp. 173
Notesp. 191
Selected Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 199
About the Contributorsp. 209
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