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Uncivil Society The Perils of Pluralism and the Making of Modern Liberalism

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-08-31
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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In Uncivil Society, Richard Boyd argues contrarily that contemporary political theorist and social scientists have unduly neglected the _uncivil_ properties of groups. Through a careful reading of such exemplary figures as Hobbes, Locke, the Scottish Moralist, Edmund Burke, John Stuart Mill, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Michael Oakeshott in the classical liberal tradition _ and their defense of the virtue of civility - this work calls into question many contemporary assumptions about the nature and origins of civil society.

Author Biography

Richard Boyd is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Table of Contents

Introduction : civic associations and the liberal traditionp. 1
Thomas Hobbes and the perils of pluralismp. 55
John Locke, toleration, and sectarianismp. 83
Reappraising the Scottish moralists and civil societyp. 121
Edmund Burke's defense of civil societyp. 153
John Stuart Mill and the ambivalence of liberal pluralismp. 177
Alexis de Tocqueville and the perils of pluralism revisitedp. 209
Michael Oakeshott and the transformational (im)possibilities of the liberal statep. 239
F. A. Hayek and the limits of liberal constitutionalismp. 271
Conclusion : liberal neutrality, purposive community, and the logic of contemporary pluralismp. 297
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