The Myth of Liberal Individualism

The Myth of Liberal Individualism

by Colin Bird


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Colin Bird mounts a powerful and original challenge to the traditional view that the ideas associated with the liberal political tradition--the meaning of political freedom, the notion of inviolable human rights, the idea of privacy--cohere around an "individualist" conception of the relation among individuals, society and the state. He argues that by taking this conception for granted, theorists have exaggerated the unity and integrity of liberal political ideals, and limited our perception of the issues they raise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521041942
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/24/2007
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 790,357
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Individualism as a political ideal; 2. Individualism as a theory; 3. Public agency and conceptions of collectivity; 4. Individualist distributions of liberty; 5. Self-ownership and individual inviolability; 6. The myth of liberal individualism; Bibliography; Index.

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