The Poverty of Liberalism

Addressing himself not only to radical thinkers but to liberal thinkers as well, Robert Paul Wolff, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, provides here an examination of four concepts central to liberal political concerns Liberty, Tolerance, Loyalty, and Power With distinctive precision of thought, Wolff shows how deeply liberals are dedicated to whatAddressing himself not only to radical thinkers but to liberal thinkers as well, Robert Paul Wolff, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, provides here an examination of four concepts central to liberal political concerns Liberty, Tolerance, Loyalty, and Power With distinctive precision of thought, Wolff shows how deeply liberals are dedicated to what is for him the moral disaster of American politics and for them stability, moderation, and the end of ideology We need, Wolff states, an ideal of society exalted than the mere acceptance of opposed interests and diverse customs We need, over, a new philosophy of community, and in his last chapter Wolff undertakes to outline the first steps toward such a philosophy.
The Poverty of Liberalism Addressing himself not only to radical thinkers but to liberal thinkers as well Robert Paul Wolff Associate Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University provides here an examination of four conce

  • Title: The Poverty of Liberalism
  • Author: Robert Paul Wolff
  • ISBN: 9780807005835
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I read the German translation (edition suhrkamp) of this many years ago and it made a huge impression on me. The book is organized into several chapter essays: Liberty, Loyalty, Power, Tolerance, Community. In "Liberty" Wolff takes John Stuart Mill to task for presenting liberty as a utilitarian, individualist value -- thereby avoiding collectivist utility. In "Power" Wolff examines how we often outsource our decision-making to private entities. In "Tolerance" and "Community" he looks at our com [...]

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