The Idea of a Liberal Theory: A Critique and Reconstruction David Johnston

ISBN: 9781400821518

Published: July 8th 1996

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216 pages


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The Idea of a Liberal Theory: A Critique and Reconstruction  by  David Johnston

The Idea of a Liberal Theory: A Critique and Reconstruction by David Johnston
July 8th 1996 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9781400821518 | 7.78 Mb

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 distributive justice. In this book, David Johnston arguesMoreLiberalism, 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 distributive justice.

In this book, 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.The core of Johnstons humanist liberalism is the claim that the purpose of political and social arrangements should be to empower individuals to be effective agents. Drawing on and modifying the theories of John Rawls, Michael Walzer, Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz, Amartya Sen, and others, Johnston explains how this purpose can be realized in a world in which human beings hold fundamentally different conceptions of the ends of life.

His humanist liberalism responds constructively to feminist, neo-Marxist, and other criticisms while remaining faithful to the core values of the liberal tradition.



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