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The Practice of Liberal Pluralism - William A. Galston

The Practice of Liberal Pluralism

Hardcover Published: 20th December 2004
ISBN: 9780521840347
Number Of Pages: 216

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The Practice of Liberal Pluralism defends a theory, liberal pluralism, which is based on three core concepts - value pluralism, political pluralism, and expressive liberty - and explores the implications of this theory for politics. Liberal pluralism helps clarify some of the complexities of real-world political action and points toward a distinctive conception of public philosophy and public policy. It leads to a vision of a good society in which political institutions are active in a delimited sphere and in which, within broad limits, families, civil associations, and faith communities may organize and conduct themselves in ways that are not congruent with principles that govern the public sphere. The final section of the book defends liberal pluralism against attacks that it is internally incoherent or that it denies, without justification, key theological premises. Written in a nontechnical style, this book should appeal to professionals in philosophy, political science, law, and policy making.

'Galston ... combines in a way quite rare in the world of political philosophy sustained theoretical argument with attention to its empirical presuppositions and consequences. He shows an enviable grasp of the practical and institutional issues of our time, and he is constantly concerned to relate high theory to such concrete matters as economic policy and civic participation. The present collection displays both these virtues in characteristically Galstonian fashion.' Charles Larmore, University of Chicago
"A worthy successor to the authors highly regarded Liberal Pluralism. Highly recommended." Choice

Introduction
Philosophical Dimensions of Liberal Pluralism
Value pluralism and its critics
Political pluralism and limits on state power
Expressive liberty and constitutional democracy: the case of freedom of conscience
Liberal Pluralism and Public Action
Value pluralism and political means: toughness as a political virtue
Value pluralism and motivational complexity: the case of cosmopolitan altruism
Politics, Markets, and Civic Life in Liberal Pluralist Societies
The public and its problems
The effects of modern markets on civic life
The politics of reciprocity: the theory and practice of mutualism
Defending Liberal Pluralism
Liberal pluralism and liberal egalitarianism
Liberal pluralism between monism and diversity
Conclusion: liberal pluralism at home and abroad
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ISBN: 9780521840347
ISBN-10: 0521840341
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 20th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.41