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Critical Moral Liberalism

Theory and Practice

By (author) Jeffrey H. Reiman
Format: Book
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, United States
Published: 1st Jan 2000
ISBN-10: 0585119309
ISBN-13: 9780585119304
Barcode No: 9780585119304
Synopsis
In this important book, Jeffrey Reiman responds to recent assaults on liberal theory by proposing a "critical moral liberalism." It is liberal in maintaining the emphasis of classical liberalism on individual freedom, moral in adhering to a distinctive vision of the good life rather than professing neutrality, and critical in taking seriously the objection-raised by feminists and Marxists, among others-that liberal theories often serve as ideological cover for oppression of one group by others. Critical moral liberalism has a conception of ideology, and resources for testing the suspicion that arrangements that look free are really oppressive. Reiman sets forth the basic arguments for the liberal moral obligation to maximize people's ability to govern their own lives, and for the conception of the good life that goes with this. He considers and answers objections to the liberal project, and defends liberal conceptions of privacy, moral virtue, economic justice, and Constitutional interpretation. Reiman then takes up specific policy issues, among them abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, moral education, capital punishment, and threats to privacy from modern information technology. Critical Moral Liberalism will be of interest to scholars and students of ethics, social and political philosophy, political theory, and public policy.

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The essays that make up the chapters if this book are uniformly interesting, lucidly written, and well argued--Derek Allen, Universtiy of Toronto