Intimacy and Spectacle


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“Finally, a thoughtful and pointed critique of contemporary liberal theory . . . that breaks fresh ground by treating liberal theory as a form of political education which is deeply dependent upon a distinctive culture and strongly imbued with a particular conception of reason. . . . An original, humane, and consistently intelligent book, a must for those who care about democracy.” – Sheldon S. Wolin Table of Contents Preface Introduction Terms of the Argument Liberal Theories and Their Problems Liberal Theorists and Their Ideals From Hobbesian Geometry to Kantian Casuistry John Stuart Mill Representing Progress John Rawls Speaking for Stability Envisioning Democratic Theory Emerson Reconsidered Index

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