Another Liberalism Romanticism and the Reconstruction of Liberal Thought
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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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Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/28/1987
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
|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|