Time, Freedom, and The Common Good: An Essay in Public Philosophyby Charles M. Sherover
Here is a systematic reconstruction of the theory underlying a free society. By examining three fundamental constitutents of contemporary lifesocial membership, temporality, and freedomthe author raises questions of the meaning of citizenship, principles of governance, and the ways in which the fruitful pursuit of livelihood and leisure may be best advanced. Each is seen to suggest moral imperatives for the guidance of a free society.
Drawing on intellectual and political inheritance, Sherover establishes the foundations of a pluralistic republicanism that evaluates its advancement of human freedom in practical and concrete terms.
“This book is a fascinating defense of what most of us might call ‘democratic capitalism’, or as Sherover prefers, ‘democratic mercantilism’. It is a work of political philosophy in the classic style, setting out the basic principles of a political standpoint and defending that standpoint passionately and thoughtfully. His drawing together of our finitude and the defense of pluralism and a ‘balance of powers’ polity is well developed and thoroughly convincing.” Drew A. Hyland
“He shows clearly that the principle source of personal freedom is the discipline required to advance the common good. Not many are saying that with Sherover’s kind of scholarship to back it up.” Jude P. Dougherty
Meet the Author
Charles M. Sherover is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College. He also wrote Heidegger, Kant and Time and The Human Experience of Time; edited The Development of the Democratic Idea; and translated and edited Rousseau’s Of the Social Contract and On Political Economy.
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