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Title:
Liberalism
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Kelly, P. J. (Paul Joseph)
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9780745632919

9780745632902
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Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2005.
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ix, 183 p. ; 23 cm.
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Liberalism is an innovative introductory textbook exploringthe dominant discourse of contemporary political theory and thecore ideas that underpin it. Despite the ubiquity of liberalismthere remains considerable disagreement about what contemporarypolitical liberals believe. This book distinguishes modernpolitical liberalism from earlier manifestations of the concept,yet shows how contemporary liberalism is derived from along-standing historical tradition that includes John Locke,Immanuel Kant and J.S. Mill.


Contemporary liberalism combines ideas from this historicaltradition to make a political theory that places at its heart theequal treatment of each person. Paul Kelly provides an overview ofthe basic building blocks of contemporary liberalism -contractarianism, impartiality, justice and freedom, - andintroduces students to the ideas of its key theorists John Rawls,Brian Barry and Ronald Dworkin. He goes on to consider three majorchallenges facing liberalism today and concludes with a defence ofthe continuing relevance of political liberalism in thecontemporary world.


Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: What is Liberalism?
2 The Sources of Liberal Equality
3 The Social Contract
4 Liberalism and Liberty
5 Liberalism and Equality
6 How Political is Political Liberalism
7 False Neutrality and Ethnocentrism
8 Liberalism the State and Beyond
Notes
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Index