Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism

June 7, 2006|
Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism by Michael Walzer
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A preeminent political theorist argues—against prevailing liberal theory—for the role of passion in political life

Liberalism is egalitarian in principle, but why doesn’t it do more to promote equality in practice? In this book, the distinguished political philosopher Michael Walzer offers a critique of liberal theory and demonstrates that crucial realities have been submerged in the evolution of contemporary liberal thought.

In the standard versions of liberal theory, autonomous individuals deliberate about what ought to be done—but in the real world, citizens also organize, mobilize, bargain, and lobby. The real world is more contentious than deliberative. Ranging over hotly contested issues including multiculturalism, pluralism, difference, civil society, and racial and gender justice, Walzer suggests ways in which liberal theory might be revised to make it more hospitable to the claims of equality.

Combining profound learning with practical wisdom, Michael Walzer offers a provocative reappraisal of the core tenets of liberal thought. Politics and Passion willbe required reading for anyone interested in social justice—and the means by which we seek to achieve it.

Michael Walzer is UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of more than a dozen books.
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Title:Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:208 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Published:June 7, 2006
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300115369

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