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Steven M. DeLue is professor emeritus of political science at Miami University.
Chapter1: The Liberal Arts and Liberal Democracy
Chapter 2: The Liberal Arts and Liberal Democracy: Values and Capacities
Chapter 3: Enlightenment Vice/Enlightenment Virtue
Chapter 4: The Kierkegaard Dilemma: Bridging To Autonomy
Chapter 5. Political Liberalism
Chapter 6: Universities, Colleges, and the Liberal Arts
Chapter 7: Major Issues in Preserving the Liberal Arts
Chapter 8: Liberal Arts, Liberal Democracy: Fighting Nihilism
Chapter 9: The Dark Cloud Hanging Over Liberal Democracy
About the Author
Delue (Miami Univ.) uses his grounding in political science and philosophy to defend his thesis. Given the current attacks on liberal arts education and the rise of right-wing authoritarian populism, this is a timely undertaking. For Delue, the liberal arts are important to liberal democracy because they share the core values of autonomy and freedom. Judgments are based on individual decisions, not “third parties” that demand support. The liberal arts (including science) call for testing ideas in public and moving past toleration of diversity to mutual respect. The highly partisan political climate in the US is certainly not conducive to mutual respect. Delue’s interpretations of the works of philosophers from the Greeks to the Enlightenment to John Rawls are interesting. The discussion of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. . . is an outstanding example of how a work in the humanities can help readers understand contemporary politics and culture.
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.
— Choice Reviews
DeLue argues that in these dark times when the the politics of resentment denies a discourse of mutual respect a place in the political sphere, the liberal arts can preserve that discourse and the “enlarged culture” it promotes. Grounded in careful readings of Plato, Kant, Rawls and Philip Roth, among others, and taking up questions about Enlightenment discourse and identity politics, the effects of social media, and the ways universities lose sight of their core mission, this is a synthetic, ultimately hopeful work that makes a persuasive case about the essential relationship between the liberal arts and liberal democracy.
— Keith Tuma, professor of English at Miami University, editor of Miami University Press