The American Ideology: A Critique

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2004 - Philosophy - 167 pages
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The American Ideologyexplicates and criticizes two notions of reason in society: efficiency and the concept of "the reasonable." Despite their considerable appeal, these notions nowadays underwrite an orientation towards public policy that is both inadequate and beneficial to elite interests; an orientation that constitutes a distinct "American Ideology." To make this case, Levine traces the history of the concept of efficiency, from Hobbes, through the utilitarian tradition, to contemporary economic and philosophical paradigms; and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the democratic theory implicit in John Rawls's pioneering work on justice and political legitimacy.

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Andrew Levine is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of many books, including Engaging Political Philosophy (2001) and A Future for Marxism? (2003).