Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism (Paperback)
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Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 02/06/2006
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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.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300115369
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An elegant and probing critique of contemporary liberal thought." G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs "With his usual originality, clarity, depth, and intelligent judgments, Michael Walzer offers a perspective on political life that reveals serious inadequacies in standard liberal views and points to directions of change." Robert Dahl, Sterling Professor Emeritus, Yale University "In this elegant and incisive book, Michael Walzer draws on everyday political experience to open up some of the theoretical dead-ends in which contemporary democratic theory has become stalled. The book's positive, constructive emphasis will make it useful to anyone interested in issues of social equality." Bernard Yack, Brandeis University"

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