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Today those who believe in liberal democracy must reexamine and reaffirm their commitments. Here, Charles Anderson probes our urgent concerns and questions. Even those who believe that liberal democracy is the best form of government may think that liberal individualism leads to selfishness, permissiveness, and irresponsibility. Many would teach a cultural or religious counter-ethic to offset the excesses of freedom.
    Grounding his view in classic philosophic and religious ideals, Anderson argues that a deeper vision of individuality and freedom can lead to both a sound public philosophy and a worthy personal ethic. In the same way that we as humans try to understand our place in nature and the cosmos, Anderson seeks to understand how we, as unique individuals, can understand our place among our fellow humans. Beginning with friendship and love, he extends his inquiry to the relationships of teaching, community, work, and democracy. Anderson shows how the natural desire of free people to find meaning in relationships with one another can lead to depth and fullness both in private and public life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. PART I: Philosophy
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. A Dialogue between Generations
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 2. The Awakening and the Meaning of It All
  2. pp. 11-21
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  1. 3. Living Philosophically and Living Well
  2. pp. 22-32
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  1. PART II: Individuality
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. 4.What Is Freedom For?
  2. pp. 35-53
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  1. 5. Individuals and the Powers Within
  2. pp. 54-75
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  1. 6. On Human Frailty and the Problem of Evil
  2. pp. 76-90
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  1. PART III: Relationships
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. 7. Individuality and Relationship
  2. pp. 93-108
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  1. 8. Teaching and Learning
  2. pp. 109-132
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  1. 9. Community
  2. pp. 133-147
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  1. 10. Working Relationships
  2. pp. 148-169
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  1. 11. Democracy
  2. pp. 170-182
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  1. PART IV: Humanity
  2. pp. 183-184
  1. 12. Who Do We Think We Are?
  2. pp. 185-200
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 201-205
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 206-208
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299146139
Related ISBN
9780299176105
MARC Record
OCLC
645397057
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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