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Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom Paperback – 27 July 2017
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This is a first-class work of political, social, and intellectual history-a tour de force indeed. ― Sheldon Richman, Arts and Letters
Levy has rehabilitated a neglected tradition in liberal political thought, demonstrated its salience for politics today and shown the defensibility of some of its key theoretical claims. ― Benjamin Hertberg, Contemporary Political Theory
Levy has written a valuable book. ― Andrew Norton, Policy Magazine
He begins his excellent Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom with a deconstruction of purely theoretical accounts of how liberals should view the existence of distinct associations and communities within society. ― Mark Koyama, Public Choice
The breathtakingly expansive scope of the work aims to teach us that the tension between rationalism and pluralism is ineliminable, and that adopting one perspective may blind us to domination. On the theoretical front, it is wildly successful. It presents a rereading of the liberal tradition that is at points truly revelatory. ― Melissa Schwartzberg, The New Rambler
This really is a crucial argument and serves as a stern reminder that there is no such thing as the superior virtue of the oppressed. ― P.S. Nash, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion
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- Publisher : Oxford University Press UK (27 July 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0198808917
- ISBN-13 : 978-0198808916
- Dimensions : 23.37 x 1.52 x 15.49 cm
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Professor Levy is clear that he favors more pluralism than the current liberal train of thought, even for non-liberal (non "congruent") groups, but like many of us cannot endorse the purest view of freedom of association that would, e.g., have allowed a pervasive Jim Crow to persist. His prescription is a call to continue searching and striving to balance these needs, without adhering to one extreme or offering the simplistic synthesis or easy rule that one might expect in other, more polemic works.