The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism

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Mark Evans
Psychology Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 329 pages
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This publication, from Edinburgh University Press, is conceived as the premier source of material on a comprehensive range of topics in contemporary liberalism. It surveys some of the most important topics relating to liberal theory including nationalism, citizenship, multiculturalism, feminism, Marxism, environmentalism, human rights, pluralism, and post-communism. There are also chapters on such key thinkers as Habermas, Weber, Foucault, and Rawls, and chapters that explore the critical challenges that liberalism now faces. Companion to Contemporary Liberalismwill allow students to explore liberalism's contemporary relevance and to look to its likely future developments: each essay-entry, by a notable scholar in the field, has been commissioned to provide analysis of a specific issue, topic or key thinker within contemporary liberal theory.
 

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Contents

Issues and Trends in Contemporary Liberalism
15
Development or Transformation?
21
Human Rights and Ethnocultural Justice
35
Liberalism and Citizenship
51
Liberalism and the Power of the Nation
63
Liberal Citizenship and Feminism
75
Liberalism and the Politics of Recognition
89
The Essential Indeterminacy of Rawlss Difference Principle
101
Pluralism and the Republican Alternative to Liberalism
175
Accommodating Republicanism
188
The Autonomous Individual Feminist Critiques and Liberal Replies
197
The Challenge of Female Genital Cutting
208
Liberalism Beyond the NationState
225
The Idea of a LiberalDemocratic Peace
241
New Directions for Liberal Thinking
269
Liberalism Ecocentrism and Persons
287

Rawlsian Theory Contemporary Marxism and the Difference Principle
113
Disenchantment and the Liberalism of Fear
135
Pragmatist Liberalism and the Evasion of Politics
148
Liberalism and Contingency
162
Prolegomenon to a Liberal Theory of the Good Life
299
Bibliography
312
Index
323
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Mark Evans has been a member of the National Institute of Medicinal Herbalists since 1980 and is the former president of the organization. He is a Bachelor of Philosophy in Complementary Health Studies and a Licentiate in Aromatherapy from the London School of Aromatherapy.

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