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The New Communitarians and the Crisis of Modern Liberalismby Bruce Frohnen
Synopses & Reviews
This book critiques and challenges the rise of communitarian thought in America. With a skeptical eye, Bruce Fohnen seeks to cut through the communitarians' rhetoric of community, commitment, and spirituality to reveal the egalitarian materialism at the core of their enterprise.
Book News Annotation:
The author, a speech writer for US Senator Spencer Abraham, critiques and challenges the rise of communitarian thought in America, revealing the egalitarian materialism at its core. He argues that new communitarians such as Charles Taylor, Bill Clinton, and Mario Cuomo are actually old liberals trying to salvage political legitimacy by advocating allegiance to the state rather than the traditions of family, church, and community.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Profound, scholarly, learned, carefully reasoned, and — though of enduring value — timely". — Forrest McDonald, author of The American Presidency. "A provocative book that does much to save us from the hubris of intellectuals". — John Patrick Diggins, author of The Lost Soul of American Politics.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-265) and index.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Rediscovery of Virtue
1. A Liberal Community?
2. From Social Cohesion to Radical Reform: The Politics of Civil Religion
3. Rhetorical Foundings and the Great Leader: Garry Wills and America's Principles
4. The Politics of Community Life
5. Liberalism as Social Movement: Communitarianism in Practice
6. Covenant, Contract, and the Power of Interpreters
7. Religion and the Ends of Communal Life
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