The Practice of Liberal Pluralism

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Cambridge University Press, 2005 - Philosophy - 205 pages
The Practice of Liberal Pluralism defends a theory, liberal pluralism, which is based on three core concepts--value pluralism, political pluralism, and expressive liberty--and explores the implications of this theory for politics. Liberal pluralism helps clarify some of the complexities of real-world political action and points toward a distinctive conception of public philosophy and public policy.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Value Pluralism and Its Critics
11
Political Pluralism and Limits on State Power
23
Expressive Liberty and Constitutional Democracy The Case of Freedom of Conscience
45
Value Pluralism and Political Means Toughness as a Political Virtue
75
Value Pluralism and Motivational Complexity The Case of Cosmopolitan Altruism
95
The Public and Its Problems
117
The Effects of Modern Markets on Civic Life
128
The Politics of Reciprocity The Theory and Practice of Mutualism
148
Liberal Pluralism and Liberal Egalitarianism
173
Liberal Pluralism Between Monism and Diversity
187
Conclusion Liberal Pluralism at Home and Abroad
197
Index
201
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William A. Galston is Saul Stern Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland.