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The idea of a liberal theory : a critique and reconstruction

Responsibility David Johnston
Material Type Book
Publisher Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press
Year c1994
Language English
Size x, 204 p. ; 25 cm
Abstract Liberalism, the founding philosophy of many constitutional democracies, has been criticized in recent years from both the left and the right for placing too much faith in individual rights and distrib...tive justice. David Johnston argues for a reinterpretation of liberal principles he contends will restore liberalism to a position of intellectual leadership from which it can guide political and social reforms. He begins by surveying the three major contemporary schools of liberal political thought--rights-based, perfectionist, and political liberalism-- and, by weeding out their weaknesses, sketches a new approach he calls humanist liberalism. Valuable not only for its contribution to academic scholarship but also as a means of introducing liberal political thought to serious undergraduate students.--Choice Raises ... a tremendous number of criticisms of the standard accounts of liberal politics. The book is novel, built on solid foundations, [and] very powerful, clever, well thought out.--Alan Ryan, Princeton University This clear and useful new work moves through a swift yet thorough critique of three leading liberal philosophies to reach a sketch of a new, improved theory.--Virginia Quarterly Review show more


Central Library 4C_1‐135 068152195012491 J 10/J/12 1994

Bibliographic details

Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-200) and index
Authors *Johnston, David, 1951-
Subjects LCSH:Liberalism
Classification LCC:JC571
ID 1000069920
ISBN 0691033811
NCID BA23592900
Vol ISBN:0691033811
Created Date 2009.09.10
Modified Date 2009.09.10

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