Liberalism / Edition 2

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Overview

Since the publication in 1986 of the first edition of Liberalism, both the world and the author's views have changed significantly. In this new edition, John Gray argues that whereas liberalism was the political theory of modernity, it is ill equipped to cope with the dilemmas of the postmodern condition. The task now, as Gray sees it, is to develop a pluralist theory in which the liberal problem of finding a modus vivendi among rival communities and worldviews is solved in postliberal terms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816628018
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Concepts in Social Thought Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gray
John Gray is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Straw Dogs and Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern. A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, he is a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Preface and Acknowledgements to the Second Edition
Introduction: The Unity of the Liberal Tradition
1 The Pre-modern Anticipations of Liberalism 3
2 Liberalism in the Early Modern Period 9
3 Liberalism and the Enlightenment: The French, American and Scottish Contributions 17
4 The Liberal Era 26
5 The Revival of Classical Liberalism 36
6 The Search for Foundations 45
7 The Idea of Freedom 56
8 Individual Liberty, Private Property and the Market Economy 61
9 The Liberal State 70
10 The Attack on Liberalism 78
Conclusion (1994): Postliberalism 85
Notes 97
Bibliography 104
Index 107
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