Liberalism: A Counter-History

Liberalism: A Counter-History

by Domenico Losurdo
     
 

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In this definitive historical investigation, Italian author and philosopher Domenico Losurdo argues that from the outset liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and snobbery.

Narrating an intellectual history running from the eighteenth through to the

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In this definitive historical investigation, Italian author and philosopher Domenico Losurdo argues that from the outset liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and snobbery.

Narrating an intellectual history running from the eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries, Losurdo examines the thought of preeminent liberal writers such as Locke, Burke, Tocqueville, Constant, Bentham, and Sieyès, revealing the inner contradictions of an intellectual position that has exercised a formative influence on today’s politics. Among the dominant strains of liberalism, he discerns the counter-currents of more radical positions, lost in the constitution of the modern world order.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Liberalism: A Counter-History by Domenico Losurdo stimulatingly uncovers the contradictions of an ideology that is much too self-righteously invoked."—Pankaj Mishra, Guardian

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"A brilliant exercise in unmasking liberal pretensions, surveying over three centuries with magisterial command of the sources."—Financial Times

La Stampa
“The latest, original work by Domenico Losurdo, a philosopher-historian of great lucidity, author of always innovative books … travels through and analyzes the dark,
deep and often malodorous side of liberalism.”
Il Sole 24 Ore
“Vast historical research recommended for the depth of the ‘excavation’ and for the wealth of new material that emerges.”
Il Corriere della Sera
“There is always something to learn from books by Domenico Losurdo.

And [this book] is no exception, for the outstanding knowledge of modern and contemporary political thought, the rigorous philology and the pursuit

of sources that have been forgotten or expunged.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844676934
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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Domenico Losurdo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Urbino, Italy. He is the author of many books in Italian, German, French and Spanish. In English, he has published Hegel and the Freedom of Moderns and Heidegger and the Ideology of War.

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