Liberalism and Pluralism: The Politics of E pluribus unum

Hardcover | March 15, 2010

byCraig L. Carr

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This book expands the idea of practical liberalism by exploring how a theory of civil association premised upon prudential argument can remain stable through time. The work initially explores the relation between politics and morality and demonstrates how it is possible to craft a theory of social justice that can (and not merely should) command the attention of all groups present in a pluralist polity.  The argument then moves to a consideration of how the resultant notion of social justice can support a civic nationalism capable of uniting the diverse elements of the polity into a coherent polity.

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This book expands the idea of practical liberalism by exploring how a theory of civil association premised upon prudential argument can remain stable through time. The work initially explores the relation between politics and morality and demonstrates how it is possible to craft a theory of social justice that can (and not merely shoul...

Craig L. Carr is Professor of Political Science in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.  His previous books include On Fairness, The Liberal Polity: An Inquiry into the Logic of Civil Association, and Polity: Political Culture and the Nature of Politics.  He has also published numerous articles in the areas ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 9.76 × 5.65 × 0.92 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230623093

ISBN - 13:9780230623095

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Table of Contents

Practical Liberalism* Civil Unity & Social Diversity: The Politics of E pluribus unum * I. Politics, Morality, and Pluralism * Liberal Morality and Political Legitimacy * Political Legitimacy and Social Justice * Williams’s Concept of the Political * Legitimacy, Stability, and Morality * II. The Politics of Morality *A Moral Point of View * Manners and Morality * Morality and Conflict * Moral Conflict and Political Theory * III. The Morality of Politics * Feminism and Multiculturalism * A Defense of Culture * Politics and Normative Conflict * The Political as Moral Viewpoint * Morality and Politics: A Review * IV. Political Unity and Pluralism * The Liberal Archipelago * Loose Linkage and Political Legitimacy * Political Unity and the Body Politic * Social Justice and Political Unity * The Bonds of Civility * V. Nationhood and the Liberal Polity * The Nature of Nationhood * Pluralism and Nationalism * Civil Nationalism and Social Justice * Deliberative Democracy and the Liberal Polity * VI. Liberalism and Democracy * Democracy and Deliberative Discourse * The Terms of Deliberative Discourse * Normative Discourse and Political Legitimacy * Deliberative Democracy and Intragroup Politics * Group Autonomy and Intergroup Discourse * VII. Politics, History, and Reason * Principle and Justice in the Liberal Polity * Liberal Institutions and Liberal Ideals * Stopping History * Rationalism and Politics

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“This is an interesting and well-written book, one that addresses a series of difficult and important issues in contemporary political theory. The author's case for ‘practical liberalism’ is argued carefully and in provocative ways, carving out a distinct view, and the overall result is impressive. This will be of interest not only to political theorists and philosophers but to an educated lay audience as well.”--Lucas Swaine, Department of Government, Dartmouth College