Civil Society: The Conservative Meaning of Liberal Politics / Edition 1

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In Civil Society, Lawrence Cahoone stages a critical engagement between the social-political viewpoints of liberalism, communitarianism, and conservatism in order to effect a balanced relation that will bypass or overcome the inadequacies of each position.

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"This is a remarkable example of responsible, intelligent, and,dare I say, witty scholarship. Those on both the right and leftwill be hard pressed to contest Lawrence Cahoone's thesis withoutthemselves borrowing from his painstakingly fair review of thecurrent state of liberal theory. Cahoone argues that thefoundations of a just community long sought by political theoristsare, in fact, present in actual communities. Even those whodisagree with his thesis will have to acknowledge that a book likethis, by virtue of its breadth and its fairness, will contribute toshaming the thoughtless and inspiring the considerate in both theacademic and the public arenas." Thomas Thorp, St. XavierUniversity

"This is a very important and timely study on sociopoliticalphilosophy. Cahoone rises to the challenge of reformulating anotion of polity that promises to help heal the wounds caused bydecades of distrust and misunderstanding between politicalfactions. What is most unique about this study is the way in whichit redefines the standpoints of liberalism and conservatism withoutcompromising the integrity of either. Cahoone adroitly weavestogether philosophy, political theory, and contemporary andhistorical cultural analysis with a wit and often humorous stylethat promises to disarm even the most skeptical readers, whilemaintaining all along the intent seriousness of his undertaking."Brian Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology

"This book is a valuable contribution to one of the mostimportant debates in political theory of the last twenty years,namely that over the nature of liberalism and alternatives toliberalism. Cahoone is evenly engaging whether sharing hisknowledge of eighteenth-century political philosophy or presentinghis own original analysis of freedom." Norman Fischer, KentState University

"This is an exceptionally well written effort to make politicalthought more relevant to social life. Cahoone's knowledge ofimportant thinkers is wide ranging and his application of theirideas is both enlightening and telling." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631232056
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/25/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence E. Cahoone is Associate Professor of Philosophyat the College of the Holy Cross. He is author of The Dilemma ofModernity (1989) and The Ends of Philosophy (Blackwell2002), and editor of From Modernism to Postmodernism (secondedition, Blackwell 2002).

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Table of Contents



1. Neutrality and Liberty.

2. Neutrality and Equality.

3. Beyond Neutralism.

4. A (Post)Modern Conservatism.

5. Another Liberty.

6. Civil Society.

7. Civility, Neighborhood, and Culture.

8. Politics and Truth.


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