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Another Liberalism Romanticism and the Reconstruction of Liberal Thought

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ISBN-10: 0674037650

ISBN-13: 9780674037656

Edition: 1987

Authors: Nancy L. Rosenblum

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Another Liberalism contributes an original perspective to debates about the nature and foundations of liberal thought. In it Nancy Rosenblum describes the dynamic of romanticism and liberalism as one of mutual opposition and reconciliation. She argues that romanticism sees liberalism as cold, contractual, and aloof. And conventional liberal legalism disdains romanticism's longing for all that is personal, unique, and expressive. We learn, however, that romanticism, chastened by its excesses and frustrated by its failures, can "come home" to liberalism. We also learn that liberalism can accommodate individuality and expressivity, reclaiming what it had repressed. Rosenblum creates a typology of romantic reconstructions of liberal thought: heroic individualism, communitarianism, and a new face of pluralism. The author draws on nineteenth--and twentieth--century philosophy and literature: on Thoreau, Humboldt, Constant, Stendhal, and Mill, among others, and on contemporary political theorists for whom romanticism is a source not only of aversion to liberalism but also of resources for reform.
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Book details

List price: $68.50
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/28/1987
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Introduction: Making Peace with Liberalism
The Romantic Sensibility Confronts Conventional Liberalism
Romantic Militarism versus Civil Society
The Law of the Heart versus Legalism
Liberalism and Romanticism at the Margins: The Uses of Private Life
The Penumbra of Privacy
Beyond Liberalism and Romanticism: Antipolitics and the Spirit of Detachment
Bringing Romanticism Home
Heroic Individualism and the Spectacle of Diversity
The New Face of Pluralism: Self-Cultivation and Shifting Involvements
Repairing the Communitarian Failings of Liberal Thought
Conclusion: Romanticism and the Reconstruction of Liberal Thought
Notes
Index