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Liberalism and Its Discontents


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Neutrality and the Good in Liberal Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patrick Neal
      Pages 3-14
    3. Patrick Neal
      Pages 15-33
    4. Patrick Neal
      Pages 34-47
  3. Rawls and Political Liberalism

  4. Alternative Liberalisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Patrick Neal
      Pages 185-205
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-209

About this book


In these essays the reigning models of liberal political theory of John Rawls and Joseph Raz are immanently criticized. Neal argues that neither 'political' nor 'perfectionist' liberalism adequately gives expression to the liberal spirit. Surprisingly, Neal finds resources for the expression of such a spirit in the much maligned tradition of Hobbesian, or 'vulgar', liberalism. He argues that a turn in this direction is necessary for the articulation of a liberalism more genuinely responsive to the diversity of modes of life in the twenty-first century.


Jean-Jacques Rousseau John Rawls political theory Rousseau

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  1. 1.University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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