Liberalism and Its Critics / Edition 1 available in Paperback
A classic collection of writings on political philosophy from leading thinkers of the late 20th century
Much contemporary political philosophy has been a debate between utilitarianism on the one hand and Kantian, or rights-based ethics on the other. However, in recent decades liberalism has faced a growing challenge from a different direction, from a view that argues for a deeper understanding of citizenship and community than the liberal ethic allows.
The writings collected in this volume present leading statements of rights-based liberalism and of the communitarian, or civic republican alternatives to that position. With contributions from leading theorists such as Isaiah Berlin, John Rawls, Alasdair MacIntyre, Liberalism and Its Critic s shifts the focus from the familiar debate between utilitarians and Kantian liberals to consider a more powerful challenge to the rights-based ethica challenge indebted to Aristotle, Hegel, and the civic republican tradition.
About the Author
Michael J. Sandel is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government Theory at Harvard University Law School. He is the author of several books, including, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First read this while at the Kennedy School in the mid-1980s, taking Ethics and Public Policy from William Kristol of all people. Sandel's book was then and continues to be just a terrific introduction to modern political philosophy. The compare and contrast is just extraordinary, and the sample from McIntyre's _After Virtue_ provoked me to get that volume as well as others by McIntyre. And, take note, too, of the classic essay by Peter Berger on the difference between honor and respect -- and why the concept of honor is too undervalued by modern society. Overall, highly recommended. Pity it is not in digital format.