Liberalism and Its Critics / Edition 1

Liberalism and Its Critics / Edition 1

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by Michael J. Sandel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814778410

ISBN-13: 9780814778418

Pub. Date: 12/01/1984

Publisher: New York University Press

Much contemporary political philosophy has been a debate between utilitarianism on the one hand and Kantian, or rights-based ethic has recently faced a growing challenge from a different direction, from a view that argues for a deeper understanding of citizenship and community than the liberal ethic allows.

The writings collected in this volume present leading

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Much contemporary political philosophy has been a debate between utilitarianism on the one hand and Kantian, or rights-based ethic has recently faced a growing challenge from a different direction, from a view that argues for a deeper understanding of citizenship and community than the liberal ethic allows.

The writings collected in this volume present leading statements of rights-based liberalism and of the communitarian, or civic republican alternatives to that position. The principle of selection has been to shift the focus from the familiar debate between utilitarians and Kantian liberals in order to consider a more powerful challenge ot the rights-based ethic, a challenge indebted, broadly speaking, to Aristotle, Hegel, and the civic republican tradition.

Contributors include Isaiah Berlin, John Rawls, Alasdair MacIntyre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814778418
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1984
Series:
Readings in Social and Political Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
867,616
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Liberalism and Its Critics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
k9fancier More than 1 year ago
First read this while at the Kennedy School in the mid-1980s, taking Ethics and Public Policy from William Kristol of all people. Sandel's book was then and continues to be just a terrific introduction to modern political philosophy. The compare and contrast is just extraordinary, and the sample from McIntyre's _After Virtue_ provoked me to get that volume as well as others by McIntyre. And, take note, too, of the classic essay by Peter Berger on the difference between honor and respect -- and why the concept of honor is too undervalued by modern society. Overall, highly recommended. Pity it is not in digital format.