Liberalism Without Illusions

Liberalism Without Illusions
Title Liberalism Without Illusions PDF eBook
Author Bernard Yack
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Pages 306
Release 1996-03
Genre Political Science
ISBN 9780226944708

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In this tightly organized collection of essays, sixteen distinguished political theorists explore Shklar's intellectual legacy, focusing both on her own ideas and on the broad range of issues that most intrigued her. The volume opens with a series of varied and illuminating assessments of Shklar's conception of liberal politics. The second part, with essays on Descartes and Racine, Hobbes, Rousseau, and Laski, emphasizes the relation between individual freedom and moral psychology in modern political thought. The third part addresses contemporary issues, such as the role of hypocrisy, offensive speech, and constitutional courts in liberal democracies. The book concludes with an autobiographical essay by Shklar that provides a vivid sense of her singular voice and personality.




Liberalism Without Illusions

Liberalism Without Illusions
Title Liberalism Without Illusions PDF eBook
Author Christopher Hodge Evans
Publisher
Pages 207
Release 2010
Genre Liberalism (Religion)
ISBN 9781602584969

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Political Visions & Illusions

Political Visions & Illusions
Title Political Visions & Illusions PDF eBook
Author David T. Koyzis
Publisher InterVarsity Press
Pages 339
Release 2019-05-07
Genre Religion
ISBN 083087206X

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What you believe about politics matters. The decades since the Cold War, with new alignments of post–9/11 global politics and the chaos of the late 2010s, are swirling with alternative visions of political life, ranging from ethnic nationalism to individualistic liberalism. Political ideologies are not merely a matter of governmental efficacy, but are intrinsically and inescapably religious: each carries certain assumptions about the nature of reality, individuals and society, as well as a particular vision for the common good. These fundamental beliefs transcend the political sphere, and the astute Christian observer can discern the ways—sometimes subtle, sometimes not—in which ideologies are rooted in idolatrous worldviews. In this freshly updated, comprehensive study, political scientist David Koyzis surveys the key political ideologies of our era, including liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, democracy, and socialism. Koyzis gives each philosophy careful analysis and fair critique, unpacking the worldview issues inherent to each and pointing out essential strengths and weaknesses, as well as revealing the "narrative structure" of each—the stories they tell to make sense of public life and the direction of history. Koyzis concludes by proposing alternative models that flow out of Christianity's historic engagement with the public square, retrieving approaches for both individuals and the global, institutional church that hold promise for the complex political realities of the twenty-first century. Writing with broad international perspective and keen analytical insight, Koyzis is a sane and sensible guide for Christians working in the public square, culture watchers, political pundits, and all students of modern political thought.




The Illusions of Egalitarianism

The Illusions of Egalitarianism
Title The Illusions of Egalitarianism PDF eBook
Author John Kekes
Publisher Cornell University Press
Pages 244
Release 2007
Genre Philosophy
ISBN 9780801473395

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In this systematic and scathing attack on the dominant contemporary version of liberalism, John Kekes challenges political assumptions shared by the majority of people in Western societies. Egalitarianism, as it's widely known, holds that a government ought to treat all citizens with equal consideration. Kekes charges that belief in egalitarianism rests on illusions that prevent people from facing unpleasant truths.Kekes, a major voice in modern political thought, argues that differences among human beings in the areas of morality, reasonability, legality, and citizenship are too important for governance to ignore. In a rigorous criticism of prominent egalitarian thinkers, including Dworkin, Nagel, Nussbaum, Rawls, Raz, and Singer, Kekes charges that their views present a serious threat to both morality and reason. For Kekes, certain "inegalitarian truths" are obvious: people should get what they deserve, those who are good and those who are evil should not be treated as if they had the same moral worth, people should not be denied what they have earned in order to benefit those who have not earned it, and individuals should be held responsible for their actions. His provocative book will compel many readers to question their faith in liberalism.




The Liberal Imagination

The Liberal Imagination
Title The Liberal Imagination PDF eBook
Author Lionel Trilling
Publisher New York Review of Books
Pages 320
Release 2012-07-18
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 1590175514

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The Liberal Imagination is one of the most admired and influential works of criticism of the last century, a work that is not only a masterpiece of literary criticism but an important statement about politics and society. Published in 1950, one of the chillier moments of the Cold War, Trilling’s essays examine the promise —and limits—of liberalism, challenging the complacency of a naïve liberal belief in rationality, progress, and the panaceas of economics and other social sciences, and asserting in their stead the irreducible complexity of human motivation and the tragic inevitability of tragedy. Only the imagination, Trilling argues, can give us access and insight into these realms and only the imagination can ground a reflective and considered, rather than programmatic and dogmatic, liberalism. Writing with acute intelligence about classics like Huckleberry Finn and the novels of Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald, but also on such varied matters as the Kinsey Report and money in the American imagination, Trilling presents a model of the critic as both part of and apart from his society, a defender of the reflective life that, in our ever more rationalized world, seems ever more necessary—and ever more remote.




The Liberal Illusion

The Liberal Illusion
Title The Liberal Illusion PDF eBook
Author Louis 1813-1883 Veuillot
Publisher Hassell Street Press
Pages 0
Release 2023-07-18
Genre
ISBN 9781019350195

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The Liberal Illusion is a scathing critique of liberalism and its effects on modern society. Kelly and Veuillot argue that liberal policies have destroyed the moral fabric of society and created a culture of moral relativism. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in political theory or the state of modern society. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the "public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.




Liberalism Without Illusions

Liberalism Without Illusions
Title Liberalism Without Illusions PDF eBook
Author Christopher Hodge Evans
Publisher
Pages 0
Release 2010
Genre Liberalism (Religion)
ISBN 9781602582088

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"By the 1930s most mainline Protestant traditions promulgated the key tenets of liberalism, especially an embrace of modern intellectual theory along with theological and religious pluralism. In Liberalism without Illusions, Christopher Evans critiques his own tradition, focusing in particular on why so many Americans today want to distance themselves from this rich and vibrant heritage. In a time when attitudes about "liberal" vs. "conservative" theology have become the focus of the culture wars, he provides a constructive discussion of how liberalism might move forward into the twenty-first century, which, he argues, is indispensable to the future of American Christianity itself." --Book Jacket.