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

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  • Copyright: 2004-08-18
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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Civil society is one of the most hotly debated topics in contemporary political theory. These debates often assume that a vibrant associational life between individual and state is essential for maintaining liberal democratic institutions. In Uncivil Society, Richard Boyd argues-through a careful reading of such seminal figures as Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Mill, Tocqueville, and Oakeshott-that contemporary theorists have not only tended to ignore the question of which sorts of groups ought to count as Ocivil societyO but they have also unduly discounted the ambivalence of violent and illiberal groups in a liberal democracy. Boyd seeks to correct this conceptual confusion by offering us a better moral taxonomy of the virtue of civility.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: Civic Associations and the Liberal Tradition 1(54)
1 Thomas Hobbes and the Perils of Pluralism 55(28)
2 John Locke, Toleration, and Sectarianism 83(38)
3 Reappraising the Scottish Moralists and Civil Society 121(32)
4 Edmund Burke's Defense of Civil Society 153(24)
5 John Stuart Mill and the Ambivalence of Liberal Pluralism 177(32)
6 Alexis de Tocqueville and the Perils of Pluralism Revisited 209(30)
7 Michael Oakeshott and the Transformational (Im)possibilities of the Liberal State 239(32)
8 F. A. Hayek and the Limits of Liberal Constitutionalism 271(26)
Conclusion: Liberal Neutrality, Purposive Community, and the Logic of Contemporary Pluralism 297(28)
Bibliography 325(18)
Index 343(8)
About the Author 351

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