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Since the publication in 1986 of the first edition of Liberalism, both the world and the author's views have changed significantly. In this new edition, John Gray argues that whereas liberalism was the political theory of modernity, it is ill equipped to cope with the dilemmas of the postmodern condition. The task now, as Gray sees it, is to develop a pluralist theory in w ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 13th 1995 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published September 1st 1986)
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Mwaseemn
Concise yet comprehensive, it manages to provide the background on liberal ideas and the Enlightenment project and ideals. What interested me was the relation it has with Modernity and how alternate modernities or postmodern societies could look like.
Kenneth
Good narrative of the "classical" or real type of liberalism, meaning freedom in the root sense of the word.

Short read. Grey is sometimes used in academia to represent the liberal tradition. Traces the thoughts of Mill, where the tradition supposedly began, through Burke, to Acton, Hayek, Mises, Friedman, etc.
Timo
I read the first edition, which was hardly comprehensive. His selective vision then allowed him, in the years after this book, to lurch into a lot of typically nonsensical po-mo silliness.
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John Nicholas Gray (born 17 April 1948, in South Shields, then in County Durham) is an English political philosopher with interests in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas.[1] He is formerly School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Gray contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman, where he is
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