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The viability of the concept of political liberalism

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dc.contributor.advisor Kant, Sarita Louise en
dc.contributor.advisor Preez Louw, Andre du, 1935- en
dc.contributor.advisor Faure, A. M en
dc.contributor.author Young, Shaun Patrick en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:47:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:47:41Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T10:47:41Z
dc.date.submitted 2002-06-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/896
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the viability of the concept of political liberalism. Since its emergence, the idea of a purely political liberalism has been the subject of a voluminous amount of discourse and debate. The concept of political liberalism has been presented as both a solution to the problems of justice and political stability troubling liberal democracies and an exemplar of all that is wrong with contemporary political philosophy; it has, quite literally, altered the landscape and the vernacular of contemporary political theory. Herein it is argued that, despite the significant amount of literature that has been devoted to the analysis of the idea of a purely political liberalism, the idea itself has yet to be subjected to the type of critique that is required if one is to assess its viability effectively. Though there have been a number of contemporary political theorists who have developed conceptions of political liberalism which they believe differ in important ways from those of their doctrinal colleagues, detailed analyses of the concept of political liberalism have and remain focussed almost exclusively on a single formulation: namely, Rawlsian political liberalism. This singular focus has precluded the completion of a comprehensive assessment of the viability of the concept (as opposed to a single conception) of political liberalism as represented both by Rawlsian and non-Rawlsian models. This thesis confronts this problem by expanding the scope of investigation to include a fulsome examination of other prominent paradigmatic conceptions of political liberalism namely, those developed by Charles Larmore and Judith Shklar and in so doing provides a more inclusive and, subsequently, thorough critique than has previously been offered. Adopting such an approach reveals that, despite protestations to the contrary, the prominent paradigmatic conceptions of political liberalism are sufficiently similar in all important respects to enable their conflation for the purpose of analysis; and when subjected to a thorough analysis, the idea of a purely political liberalism proves itself to be untenable.
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (iv, 286 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.ddc 320.51
dc.subject.lcsh Liberalism
dc.subject.lcsh Political science -- Philosophy
dc.subject.lcsh Political stability
dc.subject.lcsh Power (Social sciences)
dc.subject.lcsh Justice
dc.subject.lcsh Practical reason
dc.subject.lcsh Rawls, John, 1921-2002 -- Contributions in liberalism
dc.subject.lcsh Larmore, Charles E. -- Contributions to liberalism
dc.subject.lcsh Shklar, Judith N. -- Contributions in liberalism
dc.title The viability of the concept of political liberalism en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Political Science en
dc.description.degree D. Litt. et Phil. (Politics) en


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