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Title:
Democratic individuality
Author:
Gilbert, Alan.
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9780521382717

9780521387095
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
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xv, 510 p. ; 24 cm.
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This ambitious and sweeping book presents a powerful argument against moral relativism and in favor of the objectivity of a theory of democratic individuality. Unlike much recent work in this field, the book does not simply adumbrate such a view. Rather, it develops the parallels between various versions of scientific and moral realism, and then reinterprets the history and internal logic of democratic theory, maintaining, for example, that the abolition of slavery represents genuine moral progress. The book also recasts the clashes between Marxist and Weberian, radical and liberal sociologies in the light of these moral claims, and sketches the institutions of a radical democracy.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I The Theory of Freedom and Individuality: Slavery, Mutual Recognition and Modern Egalitarianism
1 Empiricism, neokantianism and realism in science and ethics
2 The capacity for moral personality and the ambiguities of liberalism
3 A common good and justice in war
4 Neokantianism and moral realism
Part II Reltrieval of Democracy and Individuality in Marxian Theory
5 Historical materialism and justice
6 Two kinds of historical progress
7 The Aristotelian lineage of Marx's eudaimonism
8 Radical democracy and individuality
Part III Liberalism, Marxism and Moral Objectivity
9 The Protestant Ethic and Marxian theory
10 Nationalism and the dangers of predatory 'liberalism'
11 Status and politics
12 Bureaucracy, socialism and a common good
13 Levels of Et disagreement and the controversy between neokantianism and realism
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