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Liberalism

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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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Gabrielius Lapinskas
Gera knyga, bet jau velnioniškai atsibodo skaityt apie politiką, o ir kartelė auga pamažu. Puikus įvadas į liberalizmą vis tiek.
Pajtim Zeqiri
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
John Gray in this book defends the classical liberalism perspective. He describes a historical and political path of liberalism and asserts that even though there were some of pre-liberal thoughts, liberalism is a product of modernity. According to him convervatorism and socialism have failed, but yet we can "loan" and learn from some of their constructive arguments and ideas.

Moreover, Gray says that democracy is not always compatible with liberalism, because the former can easily turn in a sys
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Kenneth
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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.
Waseem  Naser
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Josh Duxbury
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read for class. Good overview of Liberalism, scholars/history/themes etc.
Timothy
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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 is a English political philosopher with interests in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas. He retired in 2008 as 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 the lead book reviewer.
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