This title was first published in 2000: Bringing oes liberalism have either the theoretical capacity or the political durability to provide for social justice, particularly given the challenges of the new millennium? From a diverse array of disciplinary, cultural and critical perspectives, the contributors to this timely and incisive collection of essays cover ground ranging from the philosophical adequacy of liberalism’s central tenets, to the treatment of minority and alternative cultures in contemporary Europe, to the future of welfare provision, to the continued tenability of traditional ideological distinctions and labels amid the social conditions and demands of the new millennium. The book will be of particular interest to philosophers, political scientists and social and legal theorists - and to anyone with a general interest in the present and future horizons of social justice in theory and practice.
Contents: Foreword, Vlastimil Fiala; Introduction; Liberal democracy in transitional Azerbaijan: challenges and prospects, Gulia Taghiyeva; Unemployment benefits: Social justice or ’social hammock’?, Doris Schroeder; Liberalism and social justice: voyaging between conceptual antipodes in the good ship democracy, Ian Duncanson; Why pluralism?, Alison Assiter; Reasonableness, pluralism and democracy: a pragmatic approach, Stephen de Wijze; The freeman and his doubles: reading Mill’s On Liberty, Judith Grbich; The liberalist ’esprit analytique’ as a hindrance to social justice, Kalle Pihlainen; From Metaphysics to Pragmatism: Rorty on liberalism and social justice, Justin Cruickshank; The individual at the end of history, Lubica Ucnik; ’Community’ - an instrument of social order other than the state? A rhetorical perspective on contemporary American critiques of liberalism, Petri Koikkalainen; Communitarianism and immigration: Walzer on ’Members and strangers’, Phillip Cole; Liberal state and polity in the era of globalization: social injustice, governance and resistance in the global-local nexus, Majid Yar; Territorial states: what are they good for? Who needs them? Daniel Kofman; Sentiment or Duty? Liberalism and international justice, Byron Kaldis; Contributors.
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