The Practice of Liberal Pluralism

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The Practice of Liberal Pluralism

By William A. Galston

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The Practice of Liberal Pluralism defends a theory, liberal pluralism, which is based on three core concepts - value pluralism, political pluralism, and expressive liberty - and explores the implications of this theory for politics. Liberal pluralism helps clarify some of the complexities of real-world political action and points toward a distinctive conception of public philosophy and public policy. It leads to a vision of a good society in which political institutions are active in a delimited sphere and in which, within broad limits, families, civil associations, and faith communities may organize and conduct themselves in ways that are not congruent with principles that govern the public sphere. The final section of the book defends liberal pluralism against attacks that it is internally incoherent or that it denies, without justification, key theological premises. Written in a nontechnical style, this book should appeal to professionals in philosophy, political science, law, and policy making.

The Practice of Liberal Pluralism
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 12/20/04
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511081367
ISBN 13: 9780511081361
Print ISBN: 9780521840347

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