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After Politics : The Rejection of Politics in Contemporary Liberal Philosophy - Glen Newey

After Politics

The Rejection of Politics in Contemporary Liberal Philosophy

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02 Why do political philosophers shy away from politics? Glen Newey offers a challenging and original critique of liberalism, the dominant political philosophy of our time, tackling such key issues as state legitimacy, value-pluralism, neutrality, the nature of politics, public reason, and morality in politics. Analyzing major liberal theorists, Newey argues that liberalism bypasses politics because it ignores or misunderstands human motivation, and elevates academic systembuilding over political realities of conflict and power.
Why do political philosophers shy away from politics? Glen Newey offers a challenging and original critique of liberalism, the dominant political philosophy of our time, tackling such key issues as state legitimacy, value-pluralism, neutrality, the nature of politics, public reason, and morality in politics. Analyzing major liberal theorists, Newey argues that liberalism bypasses politics because it ignores or misunderstands human motivation, and elevates academic systembuilding over political realities of conflict and power.

'...lucid and accessible...' - Journal of Politics

Dedicationp. v
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Political Philosophy and Politicsp. 15
Post-Politics and Political Philosophyp. 15
The Rejection of Politicsp. 22
Post-Politics and Beyondp. 31
Philosophy, Politics and Contestabilityp. 36
Introductionp. 36
The Project of Political Designp. 37
Problems with the Thesisp. 40
The Elusiveness of the Politicalp. 50
Conclusionp. 54
'Political Obligation'p. 57
Introductionp. 57
The 'Problem' Problemp. 58
Transparency and Distributivityp. 62
Obligations, Reasons, Motivationsp. 64
Justifying Obligationsp. 69
Conclusionp. 75
Politics and the Limits of Pluralismp. 79
Introductionp. 79
Incommensurability and Pluralismp. 81
Pluralism in Political Designp. 94
Conclusionp. 102
Moral Theory and Political Philosophyp. 106
Introductionp. 106
Ethical Inquiryp. 108
Internalism and Smith's Antinomyp. 110
Morality and Reasonsp. 119
Moral Theory and Political Philosophyp. 129
Neutralising Politicsp. 137
Introductionp. 137
Forms and Functions of Neutralityp. 139
Insufficient Reasonp. 144
Politicsp. 153
Conclusionp. 156
Rawls and Habermas: Liberalism versus Politicsp. 159
Introductionp. 159
The Nature of the Political Conceptionp. 161
Habermasp. 166
Rawlsp. 171
Theory, Motivation and Reasonp. 178
Gaus and Public Justificationp. 183
Political Philosophy Without Foundations?p. 187
Introductionp. 187
Rorty and Post-Philosophical Politicsp. 188
Gray and Post-Liberalismp. 200
Conclusionp. 208
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780333778135
ISBN-10: 0333778138
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 18th December 2000
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1