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Liberalism and Its Critics (Readings in Social & Political Theory #3) (Paperback)

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By Michael J. Sandel (Editor)
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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 Critics shifts the focus from the familiar debate between utilitarians and Kantian liberals to consider a more powerful challenge to the rights-based ethic-a challenge indebted to Aristotle, Hegel, and the civic republican tradition.

About the Author

Michael J. Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780814778418
ISBN-10: 0814778410
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 1984
Pages: 278
Language: English
Series: Readings in Social & Political Theory