Goods, Virtues, and Diversity in the Liberal State
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Liberal Purposes by William A. Galston
Book DescriptionThis book is a major contribution to the current theory of liberalism by an eminent political theorist. It challenges the views of such theorists as Rawls, Dworkin, and Ackerman who believe that the essence of liberalism is that it should remain neutral concerning different ways of life and individual conceptions of what is good or valuable. Professor Galston argues that the modern liberal state is committed to a distinctive conception of the human good, and to that end has developed characteristic institutions and practices - representative governments, diverse societies, market economies, and zones of private action - in the pursuit of specific public purposes that give unity to the liberal state. These purposes guide liberal public policy, shape liberal justice, require the practice of liberal virtues, and rest on a liberal public culture. Consequently the diversity characteristic of liberal societies is limited by their institutional, personal, and cultural preconditions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521422505
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William A. Galston
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Poverty and Morality, Paperback (September 2010)
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Practice of Liberal Pluralism, Paperback (December 2004)
This book defends the theory of liberal pluralism and explores the implications of this theory for politics.
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No contemporary actor has William Galston's status as both a political philosopher and political actor. This book was first published in 2002.
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