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The Practice of Liberal Pluralism defends a theory, liberal pluralism, which is based on three core concepts - value pluralism, political pluralism, and expressive liberty - and explores the implications of this theory for politics. Liberal pluralism helps clarify some of the complexities of real-world political action and points toward a distinctive conception of public philosophy and public policy. It leads to a vision of a good society in which political institutions are active in a delimited sphere and in which, within broad limits, families, civil associations, and faith communities may organize and conduct themselves in ways that are not congruent with principles that govern the public sphere. The final section of the book defends liberal pluralism against attacks that it is internally incoherent or that it denies, without justification, key theological premises. Written in a nontechnical style, this book should appeal to professionals in philosophy, political science, law, and policy making.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521549639
ISBN-10: 0521549639
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - William A. Galston

William A. Galston is Saul Stern Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland.

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