Liberal Modernity and Its Adversaries: Freedom, Liberalism and Anti-Liberalism in the 21st Century

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This is a book about modern liberal society and its adversaries. The book rediscovers and rehabilitates much maligned, especially in America, liberalism as the ideal and system of liberty in relation to anti-liberalism as one of un-freedom. It rediscovers liberal modernity as a free, equal and just social system and time, thus most compatible with and enhancing of human civilization ushering in the 21st century. It exposes anti-liberal adversaries, especially conservatism, as ideologies and systems most inappropriate with and destructive of civilization. The book rediscovers liberal modernity as the master process and destination of Western civilization, and its anti-liberal adversaries, notably conservatism, as the ghosts of a dead past. The anti-liberal rumors of the 'death' of liberalism are 'greatly exaggerated'.

About the Author:
Milan Zafirovski, Ph.D. (1990) in Economics, University of Saint Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia, Ph.D. (1999) in Sociology, Florida International University, is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of North Texas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004160521
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/22/2007
  • Series: Studies in Critical Social Sciences Series, #10
  • Pages: 582
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Milan Zafirovski, Ph.D. (1990) in Economics, University of Saint Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia, Ph.D. (1999) in Sociology, Florida International University, is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of North Texas. He has published several books, including Market and Society (Praeger, 2003).
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Table of Contents

Studying Liberal Society and Modernity 1
Liberal Modernity: Realization of the Perennial Quest for Liberty 7
Concept and Reality of Liberal Modernity 14
Liberalism: Idealism and Institutionalism of Liberty 24
The Ideal and Social System of Liberty, Equality and Justice 29
Synthesis of Liberty and Equality: Freedom and Egalitarianism 29
Synthesis of Liberty and Justice: Freedom and Equity 39

General Considerations 45
Integral Liberty 46
Liberal Egalitarianism: Comprehensive Social Equality and Inclusion 61
Liberal Justice: Universal Social Equity 76
Liberal Democracy 81
Societal Pluralism 89
Social Universalism 110
Individualism 116
Other Principles and Institutions of Liberalism 126

The Sociological Constitution of Liberalism 147
Liberal Society's Genesis and Evolution Social Origins and Development of Liberalism 166
The Enlightenment: The True Genesis of Liberalism and the Project of Liberal Society 171
The Enlightenment, the French/American Revolution and Modern Liberalism 237

4. Types of Liberalism 249
Classical Liberalism 249
Contemporary Liberalism 268
Economic Liberalism 284
Social Liberalism 312
Liberalism and Libertarianism 332
Appendix: Other Classifications of Liberalism 352

Liberalism and Democracy 357
Liberal Democracy and Political Liberty 368
Liberal Democracy and Political Pluralism 384
Liberal Democracy and Political Egalitarianism 395
Liberal Democracy and Justice 411
Political Egalitarianism and Justice in Liberal Democracy 411
Liberal Democracy and Political Universalism 420
Liberal Democracy and Secularism 432
Liberal Democracy and Rationalism 443
Liberal Democracy and Humanism 449

Liberalism and Civil Society 473
Liberal Culture 487
Moral Liberalism 498
Religious Liberalism 516


References 553
Index 571

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