Liberalism at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Contemporary Liberal Political Theory and Its Critics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Political Science - 230 pages
Liberalism at the Crossroads offers succinct, accessible, and well-written surveys of the ideas of the leading participants in the contemporary philosophical debate about liberalism. Christopher Wolfe brings together analyses of leading liberal thinkers from across the spectrum as well as influential critics of liberalism, including John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin, Robert Nozick, Michael Sandel, Richard Rorty, Joseph Raz, and William Galston. For the second edition, each chapter has been thoroughly revised, and new chapters on Susan Moller Okin, Richard Posner, and John Finnis have been added to include representatives of liberal feminism, law and economics, and natural law. The result is an invaluable overview of contemporary political theory, ideal for both students and scholars.
 

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Contents

The Liberalism of John Rawls A Brief Exposition
1
The Egalitarian Liberalism of Ronald Dworkin
11
The Hegemonic Liberalism of Susan Moller Okin
31
Robert Nozick and the Foundations of Political Individualism
51
Richard Posner Pragmatist Classical Liberal and Legal AntiPositivist
67
Beyond the Procedural Republic The Communitarian Liberalism of Michael Sandel
87
Alasdair MacIntyre Recovering the Rationality of Traditions
105
Inescapably a Liberal Richard Rorty as Social Theorist
125
The Unorthodox Liberalism of Joseph Raz
145
William Galstons Defense of Liberalism Forging Unity Amid Diversity
161
The New Natural Law Theory of John Finnis
181
Index
201
About the Contributors
212
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Christopher Wolfe is professor of political science at Marquette University, and president of the American Public Philosophy Institute. He is the author of The Rise of Modern Judicial Review, Judicial Activism, and editor (with Robert George) of Natural Law and Public Reason.

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