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.

Overview

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

Preface
Foreword
INTRODUCTION
Left, Right and Center
The American Ideology
A Democratic Alternative
1. REASON
The Idea of Reason
The Death of Socrates
Is Reason Bad for the Oppressed?
2. IDEOLOGY
Natural Selection
The Spirit of Capitalism
The Protestant Ethic
An Optimal Ethic
Weber's Lead
3. MEANS-ENDS RATIONALITY
The Individual and Society
The New Science
Hobbesian Sovereignty
Optimality
Utilitarianism
Efficiency
Macro-Level Consequences of Micro-Level Choices
4. THE INVISIBLE HAND
Smith Was (Partly) Right
Market Socialism
Information Deficits
Shades of Hayek
Externalities
Market Incompetences
Competition
Economies of Scale
5. EFFICIENCY AS IDEOLOGY
Efficiency and the Soviet Model
Problems of Planned Economies
Market Solutions?
Efficiency Reified
Who Benefits?
A Vicious Circle
6. THE REASONABLE
Liberalism
From Tolerance to Neutrality
The Neutral and the Reasonable
Social Unity
Reasonableness
7. DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY
Collective Choice
Rousseauean Theories
Proceduralism
Rousseau Without the General Will
Implementation
Must We Retract Democracy In Order to Save It?
8. WHICH WAY FORWARD?
Deweyan Reconstruction
Democratizing the Economic Sphere
Reconstructing Rawls
What Is To Be Done?

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