"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
"Highly recommended for anyone interested in normative political theory . . . offers a sure insight into some aspects of the dehumanization of some contemporary political theories."