Critical Analysis Of Liberal Democracy Essays

This book collects Nicholas Wolterstorff's papers in political philosophy. While this collection includes some of Wolterstorff's earlier and influential work on the intersection between liberal democracy and religion, it also contains nine new essays in which Wolterstorff stakes out novel positions regarding the nature of liberal democracy, human rights, and political authority. The overall position is one that is intended to be an attractive alternative to so-called public reason liberalism defended by thinkers such as John Rawls. Of interest to philosophers, political theorists, and theologi ... More

This book collects Nicholas Wolterstorff's papers in political philosophy. While this collection includes some of Wolterstorff's earlier and influential work on the intersection between liberal democracy and religion, it also contains nine new essays in which Wolterstorff stakes out novel positions regarding the nature of liberal democracy, human rights, and political authority. The overall position is one that is intended to be an attractive alternative to so-called public reason liberalism defended by thinkers such as John Rawls. Of interest to philosophers, political theorists, and theologians, the book should engage a wide audience of those interested in how best to understand the nature of liberal democracy and its relation to religion.

Keywords: liberal democracy, political authority, public reason liberalism, Rawls, John, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012Print ISBN-13: 9780199558957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.001.0001
Book Description:

In this sympathetic restatement of C B Macpherson's ideas, Townshend provides an overview of Macpherson's theory of possessive individualism and critique of liberal democracy. He suggests that criticism of Macpherson has been misplaced and asks whether his theories should now be given more prominence by political theorists. This is the first book to deal comprehensively with the issues surrounding Macpherson's work; previous studies have used him as a point of departure rather than the focus of detailed analysis and none have included an overall assessment of his thought.Key Features*Examination of Macpherson's project in its totality.*Defence of Macpherson against his liberal, feminist, Marxist and ecological critics.*Defence of his interpretation of Hobbes and Locke.*Demonstration of his continuing relevance for contemporary political philosophy and for the study of politics generally.

eISBN: 978-0-7486-7987-4

Subjects: Political Science

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