The American Ideology / Edition 1

The American Ideology / Edition 1

by Andrew Levine
     
 

ISBN-10: 041594550X

ISBN-13: 9780415945509

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.  See more details below

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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415945509
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Series:
Pathways Through the Twenty-First Century Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

1Reason13
The idea of reason14
The death of Socrates16
Is reason bad for the oppressed?19
2Ideology25
Natural selection26
The spirit of capitalism27
The Protestant ethic28
An optimal ethic31
Weber's lead34
Protestant ethic versus American ideology36
3Means-ends rationality39
The individual and society40
The new science42
Hobbesian sovereignty44
Optimality47
Utilitarianism49
Efficiency52
Macrolevel consequences of microlevel55
4The invisible hand59
Smith was (partly) right60
Market socialism65
Information deficits69
Shades of hayek71
Externalities72
Market incompetences74
Competition76
Economics of scale76
Conclusion76
5Efficiency as ideology79
Efficiency and the Soviet model80
Problems of planned economies83
Market solutions?85
Efficiency reified86
Who benefits?89
A vicious circle93
6The reasonable95
Liberalism96
From tolerance to neutrality99
The neutral and the reasonable102
Social unity105
Reasonableness108
7Deliberative democracy113
Collective choice114
Rousseauean theories115
Proceduralism118
Rousseau without the general will122
Implementation126
Must we retract democracy in order to save it?129
Conclusion130
8Which way forward?133
Deweyan reconstruction135
Democratizing the economic sphere139
Reconstructing Rawls141
What is to be done?144

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