Liberalism without Illusions
Essays on Liberal Theory and the Political Vision of Judith N. Shklar
By (author) Bernard Yack
Liberalism without Illusions by Bernard Yack
Book DescriptionWell before her untimely death in 1992, Judith Shklar was recognized as one of the outstanding political theorists of modern time. An important figure in the reinvigoration of liberal theory since the 1970s, Shklar brought to life a complex world in which every vice has distinct political consequences and every virtue unavoidable costs. Her approach to the study of liberal practices and institutions added psychological depth as well as a pragmatism to the liberal political imagination. In this collection of essays, 16 political theorists explore Shklar's intellectual legacy, focusing on both her own ideas and the broad range of issues that most intrigued her. The volume opens with a series of varied assessments of Shklar's conception of liberal politics. The second section, with essays on Descartes and Racine, Hobbes, Rousseau and Laski, emphasizes the relation between individual freedom and moral psychology in modern political thought. The third section addresses contemporary issues, such as the role of hypocrisy, offensive speech and constitutional courts in liberal democracies. The book concludes with an autobiographical essay by Shklar that provides a vivid sense of her singular voice and personality. The contributors to this volume are Bruce Ackerman, Seyla Benhabib, John Dunn, Amy Gutmann, Stanley Hoffmann, Stephen Holmes, George Kateb, Isaac Kramnick, Patrick Riley, Nancy Rosenblum, Quentin Skinner, Rogers M. Smith, Tracy B. Strong, Dennis F. Thompson, Michael Walzer and Bernard Yack.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226944708
(230mm x 150mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 7-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United States
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