1st Edition

Beyond Classical Liberalism Freedom and the Good

Edited By James Dominic Rooney, Patrick Zoll Copyright 2024
    292 Pages
    by Routledge India

    This book brings together diverse sets of standpoints on liberalism in an era of growing skepticism and distrust regarding liberal institutions.

    The chapters in the book:

    • Relate concerns for liberal institutions with classical themes in perfectionist politics, such as the priority of the common good in decision-making or the role of comprehensive doctrines
    • Analyze how perfectionist intuitions about the political life affect our concepts of public reason or public justification
    • Outline various moral duties we have toward other persons that underlie the liberal institutions or notions of rights functioning across the contemporary political landscape
    • Explore various aspects of pluralism from within influential religious or philosophical traditions, applying insights from those traditions to issues in contemporary politics

    The comprehensive book will be of great interest to scholars, students, and researchers of politics, especially those in political philosophy and political theory.


    James Dominic Rooney & Patrick Zoll


    Part I: Freedom and the Good of Liberal Institutions


    1. Republican Freedom, Social Justice, and Democracy

    Philip Pettit


    2. Political Perfectionism and Spheres of State Neutrality

    Steven Wall


    3. The Common Good of Nations and International Order

    Mark Retter


    4. Contractual Obligation and the Good: Beyond Classical Liberalism

    Stephen Hall


    Part II: Public Reasonability and Justification


    5. Discursive Equality and Public Reason

    Thomas M. Besch


    6. Perfectionist Public Reason Liberalism: Why Public Reason Liberalism Should Be Reconcilable with Political Perfectionism

    Patrick Zoll


    7. Liberal Arts and the Failures of Liberalism

    James Dominic Rooney


    8. Perfectionism, Political Justification, and Confucianism

    Fan-lun Franz Mang


    Part III: The Ethics of Pluralism


    9. Religion, Democratic Deliberation, and the Requirement of Fallibilism

    Paul Billingham


    10. Perfectionism and Respect of Persons

    Natalie Stoljar


    11. Tolerance as Turnabout: Fair Play, Freedom, and Republican Character

    Andrew Murphy


    12. Human Rights in the Natural Law Tradition

    Jonathan Crowe


    Part IV: Perfectionist Traditions


    13. Well-Being Policy: Consensus Hallmarks and Cultural Variation

    Dan Haybron


    14. Aristotle, Athens, and Modern Democracy: Prospects for a Usable Past

    V. Bradley Lewis

    15. Liberty and the Good in the American Founding

    Vincent Phillip Muñoz  


    16. Confucian Perfectionism and Resources for Liberties

    May Sim


    James Dominic Rooney, OP, is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University. He works primarily in metaphysics, medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, and Chinese philosophy, with research interests in natural law theory, social ontology, the ethical and political implications of pluralism, and how norms of practical reason affect public reason theories of justification. He has published in Faith and Philosophy, dialectica, American Journal of Jurisprudence, Journal of Church and State, International Philosophical Quarterly, and other venues. His most recent book is Material Objects in Confucian and Aristotelian Metaphysics: The Inevitability of Hylomorphism (2022).

    Patrick Zoll, SJ, is Professor of Metaphysics at the Munich School of Philosophy in Germany. He published a monograph on the debate between anti-perfectionist and perfectionist liberals which won the renowned Karl Alber Prize 2016 and was nominated for the Deutscher Studienpreis 2016: Perfektionistischer Liberalismus (2016). His other publications appeared in several journals: Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, Heythrop Journal, Faith and Philosophy, and Zeitschrift für Theologie und Philosophie. His most recent book is What It Is to Exist: The Contribution of Thomas Aquinas’s View to the Contemporary Debate (2022).