Politics Without Reason: The Perfect World and the Liberal Ideal

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 2008 - Philosophy - 207 pages
This book explores the common thread holding together seemingly diverse tendencies in attacks on liberalism. The author argues that ambivalence about the self and about desire as an expression of the self fosters the intense animosity we observe directed toward the liberal ideal. Ambivalence arises because the self is viewed as the locus of a destructive form of desire, one that must be controlled and repressed. The author argues that speaking of ambivalence toward the self is another way of speaking of ambivalence toward freedom, an ambivalence expressed in the impulse toward coercion that plays such a powerful role in the attack on liberalism.

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Contents

Introduction
3
Reason Desire and the Self
13
Corporate Corruption
169
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DAVID P. LEVINE is Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, USA. He has published several dozen articles and thirteen books in economics, political economy, and political psychology most recently, Poverty, Work and Freedom: Political Economy and the Moral Order (with S. Rizvi) and Attack on Government: Fear, Distrust and Hatred in Public life and Welfare, Right and the State.

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