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The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom (Oxford Political Theory) Paperback – 15 December 2007
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"The The Liberal Archipelago advances a powerful liberal rejection of the idea of nationalism on the gound that its legitimacy is counterintuitive to liberty of conscience....but the virtue of The Liberal Archipelago is that is does not seek to give definitive answers an impose perspectives... it informs, provokes and challenges its readers to consider alternative ways for conceptualizing social identities and human associations."--Human Rights & Human Welfare
- Publisher : Oxford University Press, U.S.A. (15 December 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 306 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0199219206
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199219209
- Dimensions : 1.27 x 23.11 x 15.49 cm
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Finally, as the concepts began to permeate my awareness, I realized how thoroughly this book probes and examines the nature of what it is to be a human: that is to say, a social animal as well as a conscious mind. I had to read the book slowly, taking day-long breaks at points for the ideas to percolate. This is a brilliant book, and one that may be looked back on as a foundational classic of political philosophy one day.
The analysis and oblique approach to liberty proposed here is intriguing. I do have some issues with readability of the text sometimes, the cat is out of the bag pretty soon and the belabored exposition that follows, of reasons, conditions, and bylaws, is a bit tedious at times. Also, the book could have benefited from some more empirical or scenario analysis - to ask not just, why is this desirable, but also, can this work? why would it? why not? But all in all, very worthwhile ideas here, to those who despair between nationalism, special rights groups, and global soup value systems that take a piece from everywhere but work for no one.