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978-0-7391-2692-9 • Hardback • June 2008 • $115.00 • (£88.00)
Aeon J. Skoble is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Bridgewater State College.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 An Introduction to Norms of Liberty
Chapter 3 Assessing the Prospects for Norms of Liberty
Chapter 4 A Liberal Defense of Liberalism
Chapter 5 Can the Political Priority of Liberty be Squared with the Ethical Priority of Flourishing?
Chapter 6 Building a Bridge from Both Sides: A Response to Norms of Liberty
Chapter 7 Beyond Both the Polis and the Enlightenment: Reflections on Norms of Liberty and the Crisis of Contemporary Liberal Theory
Chapter 8 A Non-Atomist Defense of Individual Liberty
Chapter 9 Aristotle and Aristotelianism in Norms of Liberty
Chapter 10 Moral Truth, Moral Disagreement, and the Agent-Relative Conception of Moral Value
Chapter 11 Reflections on Norms of Liberty: What Makes Liberty Worthy of the Name?
Chapter 12 Human Flourishing and Voluntarist Self-Direction
Chapter 13 Flourishing Through Trade
Chapter 14 Self-Directedness and the Human Good in Norms of Liberty
Chapter 15 Norms of Liberty: Challenges and Prospects
Aeon J. Skoble has done a masterful job in assembling a provocative anthology of critically reflective essays on Norms of Liberty, one of the most important defenses of neo-Aristotelian liberalism ever written. This terrific volume highlights the significance to contemporary political philosophy of Rasmussen and Den Uyl's superb work.
— Chris Matthew Sciabarra, author of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical
Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl is a rich dialectic, with expansive reach into multiple aspects of liberalism, while sustaining a focus on the important contribution made by Norms of Liberty. That book shaped new contours for the development of liberalism while uncovering roots deep in the past. Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl engages numerous thinkers and the authors in a joint project of articulating some of the most important future directions of argument.
— Jonathan Jacobs, Colgate University
This book is an outstanding collection of essays mostly focusing on Den Uyl and Rasmussen's key contention that a neo-Aristotelian ethics of flourishing provides the basis for a political doctrine which precludes the political promotion of human flourishing. The analyses of human flourishing and of how an appeal to it can or cannot support classical liberal conclusions are powerful and insightful.
— Eric Mack, Tulane University
It is high time that these two indefatigable, bright students of human community life receive the attention paid them in this fine collection of comments and criticisms. Maybe this group of respectful essays, with their close scrutiny of Norms of Liberty, will eventually lead to the book's ideas having the impact they deserve to make.
— Tibor R. Machan, Chapman University's Argyros School of Business & Economics