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The Myth of Liberalism
by John P. Safranek
Catholic University of America Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-8132-2793-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8132-2794-8
Library of Congress Classification JC574.S24 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.51

Individual freedom looms large in political and ethical thought. Nevertheless, the theoretical foundations underlying modern liberalism continue to be contested by proponents and opponents alike. The Myth of Liberalism offers a unique contribution to this debate by following through on the often-underdeveloped suggestion that liberal principles are untenable because they are self-contradictory. By analyzing and ultimately refuting each of the proposed underpinnings of liberalism - liberty, equality, rights, privacy, autonomy, or dignity - Safranek concludes that contemporary liberalism is a myth: it is not a coherent political philosophy as much as a collection of causes masked by emotively potent political rhetoric.

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