Perfectionism and Neutrality: Essays in Liberal Theology

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Over the past twenty years, the debate between neutrality and perfectionism has been at the center of political philosophy. Now Perfectionism and Neutrality: Essays in Liberal Theory brings together classic papers and new ideas on both sides of the discussion. Editors George Klosko and Steven Wall provide a substantive introduction to the history and theories of perfectionism and neutrality, expertly contextualizing the essays and making the collection accessible to everyone interested in the interaction between morals and the state.

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Editorial Reviews

William A. Galston
This collection of essays offers a balanced introduction to one of the central debates in contemporary liberal theory. Scholars will benefit from the original essays, and the intelligent selection of previously published work makes this volume attractive for graduate-level courses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742508446
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Wall is assistant professor of philosophy at Kansas State University. He is the author of Liberalism, Perfectionism, and Restraint. George Klosko is professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. His books include The Principle of Fairness and Political Obligation and Democratic Procedures and Liberal Consensus.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Selections from Published Works Part 4 Neutrality Chapter 5 Selections from "Liberalism" in A Matter of Principle Chapter 6 Selections from Social Justice in the Liberal State Chapter 7 Selections from Patterns of Moral Complexity Chapter 8 Selections from Liberal Virtues: Citizenship Chapter 9 Selections from Political Liberalism Chapter 10 Selections from Equality and Partiality Part 11 Perfectionism Chapter 12 Selectionis from Equality, Liberty, and Perfectionism Chapter 13 Selections from The Moraity of Freedom Chapter 14 Selections from Perfectionism Part 15 Original Papers Chapter 16 Liberal Neutrality: A Compelling and Radical Principle Chapter 17 Reasonable Rejection and Neutrality of Justification Chapter 18 Liberal Neutrality on the Good: An Autopsy Chapter 19 Freedom of Expression in the Non-Neutral State Chapter 20 The Structure of Perfectionist Toleration Chapter 21 Religion, Law, and Politics: Arenas of Neutrality Chapter 22 Further Reading

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