Highlighting the social tensions that confront the liberal tradition, the author draws a portrait of what we, citizens of modern liberal democracies, have become. For Manent, a discussion of liberalism encompasses the foundations of modern society, its secularism, its individualism, and its conception of rights. The frequent incapacity of the morally neutral, democratic state to further social causes, he argues, derives from the liberal stance that political life does not serve a higher purpose. Through quick-moving, ...

An Intellectual History of Liberalism 1996, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691029115

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An Intellectual History of Liberalism 1994, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

ISBN-13: 9780691034379