Liberalism without Illusions: Essays on Liberal Theory and the Political Vision of Judith N. Shklar (New edition)

Liberalism without Illusions: Essays on Liberal Theory and the Political Vision of Judith N. Shklar (New edition)

By: Bernard Yack (author)Hardback

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Well before her untimely death in 1992, Judith Shklar was recognized as one of the outstanding political theorists of modern time. An important figure in the reinvigoration of liberal theory since the 1970s, Shklar brought to life a complex world in which every vice has distinct political consequences and every virtue unavoidable costs. Her approach to the study of liberal practices and institutions added psychological depth as well as a pragmatism to the liberal political imagination. In this collection of essays, 16 political theorists explore Shklar's intellectual legacy, focusing on both her own ideas and the broad range of issues that most intrigued her. The volume opens with a series of varied assessments of Shklar's conception of liberal politics. The second section, with essays on Descartes and Racine, Hobbes, Rousseau and Laski, emphasizes the relation between individual freedom and moral psychology in modern political thought. The third section addresses contemporary issues, such as the role of hypocrisy, offensive speech and constitutional courts in liberal democracies. The book concludes with an autobiographical essay by Shklar that provides a vivid sense of her singular voice and personality. The contributors to this volume are Bruce Ackerman, Seyla Benhabib, John Dunn, Amy Gutmann, Stanley Hoffmann, Stephen Holmes, George Kateb, Isaac Kramnick, Patrick Riley, Nancy Rosenblum, Quentin Skinner, Rogers M. Smith, Tracy B. Strong, Dennis F. Thompson, Michael Walzer and Bernard Yack.


Preface Liberalism without Illusions: An Introduction to Judith Shklars' Political Thought Bernard Yack 1: On Negative Politics Michael Walzer 2: The Democracy of Everyday Life Nancy L. Rosenblum 3: Hope over Fear: Judith Shklar as Political Educator John Dunn 4: Judith Shklar's Dystopic Liberalism Seyla Benhabib 5: How Limited Is Liberal Government? Amy Gutmann 6: Judith Shklar as a Political Thinker Stanley Hoffmann 7: Ordinary Passions in Descartes and Racine Stephen Holmes 8: The Self Knowing the Self in the Work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau Tracy B. Strong 9: Shklar on Rousseau on Fenelon Patrick Riley 10: Liberalism, Marxism, and the Enlightenment: The Case of Harold Laski Isaac Kramnick 11: Thomas Hobbe's Antiliberal Theory of Liberty Quentin Skinner 12: Hypocrisy and Democracy Dennis F. Thompson 13: Active and Passive Justice Bernard Yack 14: The Political Case for Constitutional Courts Bruce Ackerman 15: The Freedom of Worthless and Harmful Speech George Kateb 16: The Unfinished Tasks of Liberalism Rogers M. Smith Appendix: A Life of Learning Judith N. Shklar Works by Judith N. Shklar Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780226944692
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780226944692
  • weight: 510
  • ISBN10: 0226944697
  • edition: New edition

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