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In Search of a Political Philosophy : Ideologies at the Close of the Twentieth Century - W. J. Stankiewicz

In Search of a Political Philosophy

Ideologies at the Close of the Twentieth Century

Hardcover Published: 7th January 1993
ISBN: 9780415088749
Number Of Pages: 480

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"In Search of a Political Philosophy" is an analysis of the three democratic isms'--conservatism, liberalism, and socialism--and of the distinct nature of the all-consuming ideology of Marxist communism. W. J. Stankiewicz is concerned with the conscious and unconscious assumptions of the proponents and followers of each ideology, and those of their theoreticians and critics.
Stankiewicz examines the norms by which political ideologies are characterized, and discusses which of these are given precedence. He provides an analysis of how each ideology views such issues as freedom and restraint, responsibility, equality, justice, power, authority, property, human nature and happiness. He also examines the areas of ideological contiguity and mutual influences, the sources of ideological incomprehension in our society, and the forces that split Western societies.
"In Search of a Political Philosophy" takes issue with the positions of some of our leading political theorists and represents an original contribution to political philosophy in its own right. It makes a stimulating and challenging contribution to the areas of politics, political philosophy, ethics, political and social theory, the history of political thought, and the history of ideas.

"A radical challenge to entrenched orthodoxy . . . Stankiewicz writes with admirable clarity of thought and language, with a great measure of learning and in full knowledge of the considerable body of modern literature related to his subject." From reviews of "Aspects of Political Theory -Gordon Graham, University of St. Andrews "The intellectual effort demanded by this book will undoubtedly help to clarify minds." -Andrew Currie, "Times Educational Supplement "Stankiewicz's book is both a critical survey of and a challenge to recent academic approaches to democratic theory . . . The author is a formidable critic." From reviews of "Approaches to Democracy -"Politics "Highly recommended for anyone interested in normative political theory . . . offers a sure insight into some aspects of the dehumanization of some contemporary political theories." -"Politikon

Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Prudential Conservatismp. 15
Norms and Relativismp. 17
'Progress' and Changep. 32
Freedom and Authorityp. 43
Prudence and Politicsp. 64
The Burkean Legacyp. 76
The Nature of Governmentp. 90
Empty Liberalismp. 103
The Liberal Traditionp. 105
The Liberal Mosaicp. 122
Distributive Justicep. 157
Equality of Opportunity: a Liberal Shibbolethp. 176
Liberal Liberty and Liberal Rightsp. 187
Hedonistic Socialismp. 205
What is Socialism?p. 207
Socialism and Freedomp. 222
Socialism and the Modern Welfare Statep. 241
Freedom in Democracyp. 255
Marxist Impact on Socialismp. 270
Return to Utopianismp. 290
The Tyranny of Ideologyp. 307
The Illusion of the 'End of Ideology'p. 309
Ideology as Powerp. 333
Facing the Soviet Ideo-Systemp. 370
Sources of Western Incomprehensionp. 392
Conclusionp. 403
Towards a Definition of Ideologyp. 405
Postscriptp. 420
Notesp. 425
Bibliographical Referencesp. 441
Indexp. 445
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ISBN: 9780415088749
ISBN-10: 0415088747
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 7th January 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1