Liberalism for a New Century / Edition 1

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Overview


American liberalism today is in a state of confusion and disarray, with the “L word” widely considered a term of derision. By examining both the historical past and the fractious present, Liberalism for a New Century restores a proud political tradition and carves out a formidable defense of its philosophical tenets. This manifesto for a New Liberalism issues an urgent and cogent call for the most important rethinking of its values since the late 1960s, when conservatives reenergized themselves after Barry Goldwater’s infamous loss.

The essays in this volume, most of them never before published, are written by a leading group of historians, journalists, and public intellectuals. Some of the nation’s most highly respected liberal minds explore such topics as the classical liberal tradition, postmodernism’s challenge to the American “Enlightenment,” the civil rights era, the influence of twentieth-century radicals on American liberalism, the 1950s, tolerance, the cold war, and whether liberalism should have a large and aggressive vision. One essay considers liberalism in Iran and what American liberals might learn from this movement. Fast-paced and encompassing such hot-button issues as the family and religion, here are ringside-seat arguments between people who don’t often get to engage with one another: right-leaning liberals like Peter Berkowitz and John Patrick Diggins, and leftier liberals like Michael Tomasky and Mona Harrington. The result is a lively and stimulating collection that articulates a clear-minded alternative to the conservative ascendancy in American history and offers a timely and essential contribution to the growing national debate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520250710
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2007
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Neil Jumonville is William Warren Rogers Professor of History at Florida State University. Kevin Mattson is Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   E. J. Dionne Jr.     vii
Introduction: Liberalism, Past and Future Tense   Neil Jumonville   Kevin Mattson     1
The Philosophy of Liberalism
The Liberal Spirit in America and Its Paradoxes   Peter Berkowitz     13
The Contemporary Critique of the Enlightenment: Its Irrelevance to America and Liberalism   John Patrick Diggins     33
Liberalism and the Conservative Imagination   Jennifer Burns     58
Liberalism and American Values
Liberalism and Belief   Alan Brinkley     75
Liberal Tolerance at Middle Age   Neil Jumonville     90
Liberalism and Democracy: A Troubled Marriage   Kevin Mattson     103
What Liberals Owe to Radicals   Michael Kazin     119
Liberalism, Science, and the Future of Evolution   Michael Ruse     131
Liberalism and Family Values   Mona Harrington     145
Liberalism and Religion   Amy Sullivan     160
Liberalism, Environmentalism, and the Promise of National Greatness   Alan Wolfe     174
Liberalism and American Power
Liberalism, Internationalism, and Iran Today   Danny Postel     193
Beyond Iraq: Toward a New Liberal Internationalism   Michael Tomasky     209
Notes     221
List of Contributors     241
Index     245
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