Foundations of Liberalism by Margaret MooreFoundations of Liberalism by Margaret Moore

Foundations of Liberalism

byMargaret Moore

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This book is an original critique of contemporary liberal theories of justice, focusing on the problem of how to relate the personal point of view of the individual to the impartial perspective of justice. Margaret Moore's examination of prominent contemporary arguments for liberal justice reveals that individualist theories are subject to two serious difficulties: the motivation problem and the integrity problem. Individualists cannot explain why the individual should be motivated to act inaccordance with the dictates of liberal justice, and-related to this-offer radically incoherent accounts of the person. Revisionist liberal attempts to ground liberalism in contextual and perfectionist terms offer more defensible foundations, but Dr Moore argues that such theories do not supportliberal political principles. She concludes by sketching a historical and concrete approach to political and ethical theorizing which reformulates the relation between self-interest and morality, and is not subject to the problems that beset liberal individualist theories of justice. Her book advances the debate betweencommunitarians and liberals about the kind of moral foundation which a liberal society requires.
Margaret Moore is of the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
Title:Foundations of LiberalismFormat:HardcoverPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198273851

ISBN - 13:9780198273851


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`An excellent review of the literature and a persuasive argument for the communitarian view'P. Coby, Social and Behavioral Sciences