This book, a collection of eleven essays by one of the most interesting moral philosophers currently writing, is written from a perspective that is at once sympathetic towards and critical of liberal political philosophy. The essays explore the capacity of liberal thought, and of the moral traditions on which it draws, to accommodate a variety of challenges posed by the changing circumstances of the modern world. The essays consider how, in an era of rapid globalization, when people's lives are structured by social arrangements and institutions of ever increasing size, complexity, and scope, we can best conceive of the responsibilities of individual agents and the normative significance of people's diverse commitments and allegiances. The volume is linked by common themes including the responsibilities persons have in virtue of belonging to a community, the compatibility of such obligations with equality, the demands of distributive justice in general, and liberalism's relationship to liberty, community, and equality.
`These essays display a remarkable combination of philosophical acuity, moral seriousness and political realism, and deserve to be read closely and repeatedly for the light they shed on our contemporary moral and political predicament.' David Miller in Philosophical Books `Samuel Scheffler's essays are models of intelligent, informed, involved and unpretentious philosophical work.' Times Literary Supplement `Boundaries and Allegiances is lucid, judicious and critically astute. Scheffler has reflected deeply on the central issues which concern contemporary political and moral philosophers, and these essays succeed in displaying his range of interests while retaining an impressive degree of thematic integrity.' Ethics [This book] stands out because it combines high-level philosophical thought with an awareness of practical political concerns in need of urgent attention. Political Studies, June 2002 Scheffler's recent contribution to liberal philosophy is - as always - thought-provoking and warrants serious consideration. ...bringing together Scheffler's thoughts on liberalism and responsibility advances the debate on the intricate relationship between liberalism as a philosophical enterprise and liberalism as a political doctrine geared at solving pressing social problems. Required reading for liberals of any persuasion as well as those interested in tackling the theoretical or practical deficiencies within liberal thought. Political Studies, June 2002 Scheffler, a professor of law and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, has been one of the most talented and productive moral philosophers in the analytic tradition for the past two decades, and the essays in this volume are characteristically thoughtful, subtle, and well written. Ethics and International Affairs, 2002 `Scheffler aims to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of liberalism in confronting [its] various opponents and challenges ... The essays are lucid and accessible ... models of intelligent, informed, involved and unpretentious philosophical work. Sheffler's interpretation and analysis are sophisticated, sensible and fair.' Saul Smilansky, Times Literary Supplement
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 19th September 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.324