The Myth of Liberal Individualism
By (author) Colin Bird
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Myth of Liberal Individualism by Colin Bird
Book DescriptionThis book challenges us to look at liberal political ideas in a fresh way. Colin Bird examines the assumption, held both by liberals and by their strongest critics, that the values and ideals of the liberal political tradition cohere around a distinctively 'individualist' conception of the relation between individuals, society and the state. He concludes that the formula of 'liberal individualism' conceals fundamental conflicts between liberal views of these relations, conflicts that neither liberals nor their critics have adequately recognized. His interesting and provocative study develops a powerful criticism of the libertarian forms of 'liberal individualism' which have risen to prominence, and suggests that by taking this term for granted, theorists have exaggerated the unity and integrity of liberal political ideals and limited our perception of the issues they raise.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521041942
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Colin Bird
Introduction to Political Philosophy, Paperback (December 2006)
This 2006 book is a broad-ranging introduction that challenges readers to think critically about political arguments and institutions.
Myth of Liberal Individualism, Hardback (May 1999)» View all books by Colin Bird
This powerful and interesting study challenges the traditional 'individualist' definition of liberal political ideas.
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