Liberalism and the Moral Life

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Nancy L. Rosenblum
Harvard University Press, 1989 - Political Science - 302 pages
Liberalism and the Moral Life presents the timely thoughts of twelve prominent scholars who are redrawing the map of liberalism... In essays that go beyond the conventional defense of liberalism based on moral skepticism or the possibility of discovering neutral principles, these writers consider possibilities for reinspiriting liberal thought. They offer fresh arguments for the moral status of individualism and argue that distinctively liberal virtues and practices sustain democracy, constituting a moral life that people share in common. Moving beyond theory, the authors point to a variety of institutional contexts within liberal democracy that provide moral education and opportunities for expressing commitment to substantive moral values.

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This collection of 12 scholarly essays is especially timely, in light of the relentless attacks on liberalism ("the `l' word'') during the 1988 presidential campaign. The ideas presented in this ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Nancy L Rosenblum
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The Liberalism of Fear Judith N Shklar
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Humanist Liberalism Susan Moller Okin
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