Liberalism and Community

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"This thoughtfully written book addresses what is perhaps the central political issue of our time: whether liberal societies can hold together as self-sustaining communities, or whether liberal ideology sows the seeds of its own destruction in promoting an asocial individualism."-Foreign Affairs

"Steven Kautz's Liberalism and Community is a direct response to those, like Michael Sandel, who argue that persons are constituted by their obligations to communities, rather than that communities are constituted by the participation of rights-bearing

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Overview

"This thoughtfully written book addresses what is perhaps the central political issue of our time: whether liberal societies can hold together as self-sustaining communities, or whether liberal ideology sows the seeds of its own destruction in promoting an asocial individualism."-Foreign Affairs

"Steven Kautz's Liberalism and Community is a direct response to those, like Michael Sandel, who argue that persons are constituted by their obligations to communities, rather than that communities are constituted by the participation of rights-bearing persons. . . . Mr. Kautz's [book] provide[s] welcome antidotes to the sentimental gushings about 'community' that one hears so often these days."-Tom G. Palmer, Wall Street Journal

"In presenting this spirited commentary, Kautz displays admirable erudition and sure-footedness in handling the texts, both historical and contemporary. He makes subtle distinctions and thoughtful observations. He also practices the toleration he preaches, treating those he criticizes with generosity and a lack of malice."-Review of Politics

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801429798
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Series: 4/18/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Liberals, Democrats, Republicans, Communitarians 1
2 A Liberal Proposal 23
3 Liberalism and the Idea of Toleration 51
4 Rorty's Postmodern Liberalism 77
5 Barber's Democratic Community 107
6 Liberalism and the Idea of Patriotism 136
7 The Liberal Virtues 171
8 Community and Philosophy 192
9 Conclusion 215
References Cited 219
Index 228
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