Liberalism, Perfectionism and Restraint

Liberalism, Perfectionism and Restraint

by Steven Wall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521035422

ISBN-13: 9780521035422

Pub. Date: 01/15/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Liberalism is the dominant political philosophy of our times. The main purpose of this book is to defend a "perfectionist" account of liberalism, one that holds that the state should promote the flourishing of all who are subject to its power, even when doing so requires it to take sides between controversial views of the good life. This book provides a comprehensive…  See more details below

Overview

Liberalism is the dominant political philosophy of our times. The main purpose of this book is to defend a "perfectionist" account of liberalism, one that holds that the state should promote the flourishing of all who are subject to its power, even when doing so requires it to take sides between controversial views of the good life. This book provides a comprehensive and up to date discussion of liberalism and perfectionism and deals with some of the most fundamental issues in contemporary liberal political philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035422
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Perfectionism; Part I. The Rejection of the Bracketing Strategy: 2. The idea of restraint; 3. Political liberalism and the bracketing strategy; 4. Toleration, reasonable rejectability and restraint; 5. Public justification and the transparency argument; Part II. Autonomy and Perfectionism: 6. Personal autonomy and its value (I); 7. Personal autonomy and its value (II); 8. Three mistakes about autonomy; 9. Applications; Bibliography; Index.

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