ISBN 9780745621005,Liberalism

Liberalism

Author:

Paul Kelly

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwel

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ISBN 9780745621005
Publisher

Wiley-Blackwel

Publication Year 2005
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780745621005

ISBN-10 0745621007
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 194 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Humanities

Liberalism is an innovative introductory textbook exploring the dominant discourse of contemporary political theory and the core ideas that underpin it. Despite the ubiquity of liberalism there remains considerable disagreement about what contemporary political liberals believe. This book distinguishes modern political liberalism from earlier manifestations of the concept, yet shows how contemporary liberalism is derived from a long-standing historical tradition that includes John Locke, Immanuel Kant and J.S. Mill.


Contemporary liberalism combines ideas from this historical tradition to make a political theory that places at its heart the equal treatment of each person. Paul Kelly provides an overview of the basic building blocks of contemporary liberalism - contractarianism, impartiality, justice and freedom, - and introduces students to the ideas of its key theorists John Rawls, Brian Barry and Ronald Dworkin. He goes on to consider three major challenges facing liberalism today and concludes with a defence of the continuing relevance of political liberalism in the contemporary world.
About the Author
Paul Kelly is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the Department of Government, London School of Economics.
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