Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory and Practice

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 - 277
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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Liberalism Feminism and Multiculturalism The Ironic Destiny of Western Philosophy
33
Postmodern Argumentation and Post postmodern Liberalism with Comments on Levinas Habermas and Rawls
53
Drug Addiction Liberal Virtue and Moral Responsibility
73
The Labor Theory of the Difference Principle
95
The Constitution Rights and the Conditions of Legitimacy
123
Practice
149
Privacy Intimacy and Personhood
151
Driving to the Panopticon A Philosophical Exploration of the Risks to Privacy Posed by the Information Technology of the Future
169
Abortion Infanticide and the Asymmetric Value of Human Life
189
On Euthanasia and Health Care
211
Is Police Discretion Justified in a Free Society?
221
Justice Civilization and the Death Penalty
235
Index
271
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Strona 28 - Though the earth, and all inferior creatures, be common to all men, yet every man has a property in his own person: this nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his.
Strona 5 - The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one; and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind who will but consult it, that, being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.

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Jeffrey Reiman is William Fraser McDowell Professor of philosophy at American University and the author of The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison.

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