An intellectual history of liberalism

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An intellectual history of liberalism

Pierre Manent ; translated by Rebecca Balinski ; with a foreword by Jerrold Seigel

(New French thought)

Princeton University Press, c1994

タイトル別名

Histoire intellectuelle du libéralisme

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注記

Includes bibliographical references (p. [119]-124) and index

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内容説明

Highlighting the social tensions that confront the liberal tradition, the author draws a portrait of what we, citizens of modern liberal democracies, have become. For Manent, a discussion of liberalism encompasses the foundations of modern society, its secularism, its individualism, and its conception of rights. The frequent incapacity of the morally neutral, democratic state to further social causes, he argues, derives from the liberal stance that political life does not serve a higher purpose. Through quick-moving, synthetic essays, he explores the development of liberal thinking in terms of a single theme: the decline of theological politics. The author traces the liberal stance to Machiavelli, who, in seeking to divorce everyday life from the pervasive influence of the Catholic Church, separated politics from all notions of a cosmological order. What followed, as Manent demonstrates in his analyses of Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Guizot, and Constant, was the evolving concept of an individual with no goals outside the confines of the self and a state with no purpose but to prevent individuals from dominating one another. Weighing both the positive and negative effects of such a political arrangement, Manent raises questions about the fundamental political issues of the day, among them the possibility of individual rights being reconciled with the necessary demands of political organization, and the desirability of a government system neutral about religion but not about public morals.

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詳細情報

  • NII書誌ID(NCID)
    BA24269332
  • ISBN
    • 0691034370
  • LCCN
    94003110
  • 出版国コード
    us
  • タイトル言語コード
    eng
  • 本文言語コード
    eng
  • 原本言語コード
    fre
  • 出版地
    Princeton, N.J.
  • ページ数/冊数
    xviii, 128 p.
  • 大きさ
    25 cm
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