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9780865973077

The Liberal Mind

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  • ISBN13:

    9780865973077

  • ISBN10:

    0865973075

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-01-01
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund
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Summary

The Liberal Mind attempts to uncover the philosophy of liberalism and lay bare its implications. What is Man? How does he think and feel? What is the place of Reason in human affairs? How should men live? What is politics, and what is it for? Kenneth Minogue offers a brilliant and provocative exploration of liberalism in the Western world today: its roots and its influences, its present state, and its prospects in the new century. While few - especially in America - embrace the description of liberal, Minogue argues, most Americans and most Europeans behave as liberals. At least they are the heirs of what Minogue describes as "the triumph of an enlarged, flexible, and pragmatic version of liberalism." The past two centuries have been characterized, in the West at least, by "the fury of old ideological battles... such as: A planned economy, or free enterprise? Individual thrift, or social services? Free trade, or protection?" These battles have largely been completed -- and, many would say, have been won by the champions of, respectively, free enterprise, individual thrift, and free trade.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Liberty Fund Edition vii
Preface xiii
ONT INTRODUCTION
Suffering Situations
1(11)
Is Liberalism an Ideology?
12(5)
TWO THE ANATOMY OF LIBERALISM
A Philosophy of Desiring
17(5)
The Commands of Reason
22(9)
The Uses of Calculation
31(9)
The Puritan Contribution
40(6)
The Structure of Generic Man
46(8)
Tradition and the Two Liberalisms
54(7)
THREE ETHICS AND POLITICS
Moral Experience
61(9)
The Illusion of Ultimate Agreement
70(9)
Politics and Technique
79(12)
FOUR MORAL AND POLITICAL EVASIONS
The Doctrine of Needs
91(8)
The Lure of the Positive Approach
99(9)
How to Make Trends and Influence People
108(7)
Scientific Moralism
115(8)
FIVE SOCIETY AND ITS VARIATIONS
Society as an Aspiration
123(8)
The Uses of Society
131(6)
Education and Society
137(8)
SIX FREEDOM
Freedom as a Manner of Living
145(10)
Freedom and Spontaneity
155(4)
Public Provision and Moral Protection
159(7)
SEVEN CONCLUSION
The Moral Character of Liberalism
166(9)
The Balance of Liberalism
175(6)
Index 181

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