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The tragedy of liberalism : an alternative defense of a political tradition
Brink, Bert van den.

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Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, c2000.
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ix, 270 p. ; 24 cm.
SUNY series in social and political thought
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A defense of liberalism, understood as a perfectionist doctrine that presupposes an ideal but controversial notion of human well-being.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Part 1 Liberalism, Pluralism, and Tragedyp. 5
Introductionp. 5
Chapter 1. Liberalism and Moral Pluralismp. 9
Liberalismp. 9
Pluralism and how (not) to defend liberalismp. 15
Chapter 2. The Tragedy of Liberalismp. 27
Two views of tragic liberalismp. 28
A working hypothesisp. 32
Part 2 Political Liberalism versus Liberal Perfectionismp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Chapter 3. Political Liberalism: Justification through Public Reasonp. 41
John Rawls: Political Liberalismp. 42
The two-stage path to an overlapping consensus: A critiquep. 49
Chapter 4. Liberal Perfectionism: Autonomy and Pluralismp. 63
Joseph Raz: Liberal perfectionismp. 63
The limits of perfectionismp. 69
Rephrasing some key concepts of liberal thoughtp. 75
Conclusions to Part 2p. 79
Part 3 Deliberative Democracy as a Way Out?p. 85
Introductionp. 85
Chapter 5. Discourse Theory and Moral Characterp. 87
Preliminary remarks on deliberative democracyp. 88
Jurgen Habermas: Theoretical foundations of public deliberationp. 90
Discourse ethics and the limits of formalism and proceduralismp. 95
Discourse ethics, moral character, and pluralismp. 101
Chapter 6. Law, Democracy, and Deliberationp. 107
Law and deliberative democracyp. 108
The limits of deliberative democracyp. 113
Another revision of key concepts of liberal thoughtp. 119
Conclusions to Part 3p. 123
Part 4 Liberal Community, Mutual Recognition, and Citizenship Virtuep. 127
Introductionp. 127
Chapter 7. Liberal Community and the Normative Potential of Tragic Conflictsp. 129
Christoph Menke's typology of tragic conflictsp. 129
Toward an understanding of liberal communityp. 135
Chapter 8. Struggles for Recognition and Tragic Conflictsp. 145
Axel Honneth's theory of recognitionp. 146
Struggles for recognition and the tragedy of liberalismp. 151
Chapter 9. Vulnerability and Responsibilities of Liberal Citizenshipp. 163
Vulnerability and responsibilityp. 163
Virtues of liberal citizenshipp. 171
Conclusions to Part 4p. 175
Part 5 Liberalism and Multiculturalismp. 181
Introductionp. 181
Chapter 10. Multiculturalism and Cultural Authenticityp. 185
How (not) to talk about multiculturalismp. 186
A liberal-communitarian perspective: Charles Taylorp. 192
Chapter 11. Two Liberal Views of Multiculturalismp. 203
Jeremy Waldron's cosmopolitan alternativep. 204
Will Kymlicka's "group-differentiated rights" approachp. 211
Conclusions to Part 5p. 219
Notesp. 225
Referencesp. 253
Indexp. 261