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After politics : the rejection of politics in contemporary liberal philosophy
Newey, Glen.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, [England] ; New York, N.Y. : Palgrave, 2001.
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ix, 253 p. ; 23 cm.
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Why do political philosophers why away from politics? After Politics: The Rejection of Politics in Contemporary Liberal Philosophy offers a challenging and original critique of liberalism, the dominant political philosophy of our time, tackling key issues like state legitimacy, value-pluralism, neutrality, the nature of politics, public reasons, and morality in politics. Analyzing major liberal theorists like Rawls, Habermas, Rorty, Barry, Gray, Raz, Larmore, Ackerman and others, Glen Newey argues that liberalism by-passes politics because it ignores or misunderstands human motivation, and elevates academic system-building over political realities of conflict and power.

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. v
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1. Political Philosophy and Politicsp. 15
Post-Politics and Political Philosophyp. 15
The Rejection of Politicsp. 22
Post-Politics and Beyondp. 31
2. Philosophy, Politics and Contestabilityp. 36
Introductionp. 36
The Project of Political Designp. 37
Problems with the Thesisp. 40
The Elusiveness of the Politicalp. 50
Conclusionp. 54
3. 'Political Obligation'p. 57
Introductionp. 57
The 'Problem' Problemp. 58
Transparency and Distributivityp. 62
Obligations, Reasons, Motivationsp. 64
Justifying Obligationsp. 69
Conclusionp. 75
4. Politics and the Limits of Pluralismp. 79
Introductionp. 79
Incommensurability and Pluralismp. 81
Pluralism in Political Designp. 94
Conclusionp. 102
5. Moral Theory and Political Philosophyp. 106
Introductionp. 106
Ethical Inquiryp. 108
Internalism and Smith's Antinomyp. 110
Morality and Reasonsp. 119
Moral Theory and Political Philosophyp. 129
6. Neutralising Politicsp. 137
Introductionp. 137
Forms and Functions of Neutralityp. 139
Insufficient Reasonp. 144
Politicsp. 153
Conclusionp. 156
7. Rawls and Habermas: Liberalism versus Politicsp. 159
Introductionp. 159
The Nature of the Political Conceptionp. 161
Habermasp. 166
Rawlsp. 171
Theory, Motivation and Reasonp. 178
Appendix Gaus and Public Justificationp. 183
8. Political Philosophy Without Foundations?p. 187
Introductionp. 187
Rorty and Post-Philosophical Politicsp. 188
Gray and Post-Liberalismp. 200
Conclusionp. 208
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 247