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Title:
The myth of liberalism
Author:
Safranek, John P.
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9780813227948
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C : Catholic University of America Press, [2015] (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description:
1 online resource (xvii, 270 pages )
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UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
The modern philosophers and freedom -- Autonomy -- Equality and freedom -- Rights and freedom -- The contradiction of liberalism -- Liberalism and utilitarianism -- Liberalism and some logical considerations -- A classical understanding of freedom -- Recapitulations--modern -- The premodern alternative.
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Individual freedom looms large in political and ethical thought. Nevertheless, the theoretical foundations underlying modern liberalism continue to be contested by proponents and opponents alike. The Myth of Liberalism offers a unique contribution to this debate by following through on the often-underdeveloped suggestion that liberal principles are untenable because they are self-contradictory. By analyzing and ultimately refuting each of the proposed underpinnings of liberalism - liberty, equality, rights, privacy, autonomy, or dignity - Safranek concludes that contemporary liberalism is a myth: it is not a coherent political philosophy as much as a collection of causes masked by emotively potent political rhetoric.