2nd Edition

Authority and the Liberal Tradition From Hobbes to Rorty

By Robert Heineman Copyright 1994
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Authority and the Liberal Tradition critically describes the historical foundations of modern liberalism, implicitly analyzing the status and effectiveness of American democracy. Heineman examines contemporary liberal ideology, which he argues undermines the normative basis of social stability that was an important element in the classical liberal tradition. He shows how American government has become hostage to ideology, to the advocacy of interest-group politics.

    Introduction to the Transaction, Liberal Ideology in a Conservative Nation, The Origins of Liberalism, Bentham and Burke, Science as Social Ideology, Laissez Faire Becomes Public Policy, Liberalism and Social Reform, Critics of the Primacy of Method as a Rationale for Public Policy, Contemporary Manifestations of Reform Liberal Ideology, Method and Dialogue in Modem Liberalism: From Dewey to Rorty


    Robert A. Heineman (Author)