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Is statecraft soulcraft? Should we look to our souls and selves in assessing the quality of our politics? Is it the business of politics to cultivate, shape, or structure our internal lives? Summarizing and answering the major theoretical positions on these issues, Peter Digeser formulates a qualified permission to protect or encourage particular forms of human identity. Public discourse on politics should not preclude talk about the role of reason in our souls or the importance of wholeness and community to our selves or the significance of autonomy for individuals. However, those who seek to place only their own conception of the self or soul within the reach of politics are as mistaken as those who would completely preclude such matters from the political realm.

In proposing this view, Digeser responds to communitarians, classical political rationalists, and genealogists who argue that liberal culture fragments, debases, or normalizes our selves. He also critically analyzes perfectionist liberals who justify liberalism by virtue of its ability to cultivate autonomy and authenticity, as well as liberal neutralists who wish to avoid altogether the problem of selfcraft. All these, he argues, fall short in some way in defining the extent to which politics should be concerned with the self.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 1-The Critics
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  1. The Communitarians
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  1. The Classical Political Rationalists
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  1. Genealogical Perspectives
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  1. Comparisons and Contrasts
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  1. 2-The United, Unified, and Unitary Self
  2. p. 61
  1. Preliminary Considerations
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  1. Communitarianism and Forms of Unity
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  1. Uniting Self and Community
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  1. The Unified Self
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  1. The Unitary Self
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  1. Identity and Time
  2. pp. 83-95
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  1. 3-The Well-Ordered, Reason-Governed Soul
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  1. Nature and Reason
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  1. Particular Souls and Knowing the Whole
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  1. The Rule of Reason
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  1. Intellectual versus Moral Virtue
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  1. The City and the Soul
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  1. 4-The Complex, Performative Subject
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  1. Two Approaches
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  1. Discipline
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  1. Performatives and Citationality
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  1. 5-Liberal Soulcraft: Autonomy, Authenticity,and Autarchy
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  1. Formal Autonomy
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  1. Authenticity and Individuality
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  1. Fostering Autarchy
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  1. 6-Cultivating Agency?
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  1. The Self as an Exhibition of Intelligence
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  1. Power, Resistance, andthe Indirect Constitution of the Self
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  1. The Direct Constitution of the Self
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  1. Opacity
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  1. 7-The Liberal Method of Avoidance
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  1. Neutrality of Effect and Intent
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  1. The Appeal to What Is Shared
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  1. Rorty and the Preclusion of Selfcraft
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  1. A Lockean Principle of Preclusion
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  1. Rawls and the Duty of Civility
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  1. 8-A Permission to Cultivate the Self
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  1. What’s at Stake?
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  1. Rights and Procedures
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  1. Obligations, Prohibitions, and Permissions
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  1. Neutrality of Effect and Revision
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  1. Moral Harm and the Setback of Interests
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400821716
Related ISBN
9780691037165
MARC Record
OCLC
191929461
Pages
284
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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