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In search of a political philosophy: ideologies at the close of the twentieth century.
Stankiewicz, W. J.
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London: Routledge, c1993.
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xi, 460p.


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In Search of a Political Philosophy is an analysis of the three democratic `isms' - conservatism, liberalism and socialism - and of the distinct nature of the all-devouring ideology - Marxist communism. The author is concerned with the conscious and unconscious assumptions of the proponents and followers of each ideology, and those of their theoreticians and critics.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Part I Prudential Conservatismp. 15
Chapter 2 Norms and Relativismp. 17
Chapter 3 'Progress' and Changep. 32
Chapter 4 Freedom and Authorityp. 43
Chapter 5 Prudence and Politicsp. 64
Chapter 6 The Burkean Legacyp. 76
Chapter 7 The Nature of Governmentp. 90
Part II Empty Liberalismp. 103
Chapter 8 The Liberal Traditionp. 105
Chapter 9 The Liberal Mosaicp. 122
Chapter 10 Distributive Justicep. 157
Chapter 11 Equality of Opportunity: a Liberal Shibbolethp. 176
Chapter 12 Liberal Liberty and Liberal Rightsp. 187
Part III Hedonistic Socialismp. 205
Chapter 13 What is Socialism?p. 207
Chapter 14 Socialism and Freedomp. 222
Chapter 15 Socialism and the Modern Welfare Statep. 241
Chapter 16 Freedom in Democracyp. 255
Chapter 17 Marxist Impact on Socialismp. 270
Chapter 18 Return to Utopianismp. 290
Part IV The Tyranny of Ideologyp. 307
Chapter 19 The Illusion of the 'End of Ideology'p. 309
Chapter 20 Ideology as Powerp. 333
Chapter 21 Facing the Soviet Ideo-Systemp. 370
Chapter 22 Sources of Western Incomprehensionp. 392
Part V Conclusionp. 403
Chapter 23 Towards a Definition of Ideologyp. 405
Postscriptp. 420
Notesp. 425
Bibliographical Referencesp. 441
Indexp. 445