The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future

Milbank, John and Pabst, Adrian (2016) The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future. Future Perfect: Images of the Time to Come in Philosophy, Politics and Cultural Studies . Rowman & Littlefield International, London, UK, 385 pp. ISBN 9781783486496. E-ISBN 9781783486502. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Contemporary politics is dominated by a liberal creed that champions ‘negative liberty’ and individual happiness. This creed undergirds positions on both the right and the left – free-market capitalism, state bureaucracy and individualism in social life. The triumph of liberalism has had the effect of subordinating human association and the common good to narrow self-interest and short-term utility. By contrast, post-liberalism promotes individual fulfilment and mutual flourishing based on shared goals that have more substantive content than the formal abstractions of liberal law and contract, and yet are also adaptable to different cultural and local traditions. The book apply this analysis to the economy, politics, culture, and international affairs. In each case, having diagnosed the crisis of liberalism, it proposes post-liberal alternatives, notably new concepts and fresh policy ideas. The book demonstrates that, amid the current crisis, post-liberalism is a programme that could define a new politics of virtue and the common good.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Adrian Pabst
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 09:39 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 16:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51954 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Pabst, Adrian: https://orcid.org/http://www.orcid.org/0000-0002-3153-1598
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