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Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Clarifying 'individualism' -- The evolution of 'liberal individualism' -- Liberal individualism today -- 'Immanent critique' and contemporary political theory -- Looking ahead -- 1 Individualism as a political ideal -- Liberty and individual inviolability -- Liberty and the private sphere -- An inviolable private sphere -- 2 Individualism as a theory -- (1) The priority of the individual consists in the fact that individualists only deploy justifications that refer to the… -- (2) The priority of the individual consists in the fact that individualists recognize no collective aspirations or goals… -- (3) The priority of the individual consists in the fact that individualists deny that the state is a self-conscious agent… -- (4) The priority of the individual consists in the dependence of political individualism on 'methodological individualism' -- (5) The priority of the individual consists in the fact that individualists deny that collectivities have any ontological… -- (6) The priority of the individual consists in the fact that individualists only recognize those social goods that are… -- 3 Public agency and conceptions of collectivity -- Conceptions of collectivity -- Aggregative conceptions of collectivity -- Associative conceptions of collectivity -- Symmetry -- The significance of these conceptions -- 4 Individualist distributions of liberty -- From Rousseau to Kant -- Clarifying negative liberty -- Mill's defence of liberty -- Conclusions -- 5 Self-ownership and individual inviolability -- The thesis of individual inviolability -- The thesis of self-ownership -- Inviolable self-ownership rights? -- Two strategies of justification -- An economy of rights -- The enforcement objection -- 6 The myth of liberal individualism.
The secret of libertarianism -- Broader implications -- The service conception -- The expressivist conception -- Beyond communitarianism -- Bibliography -- Index.
This powerful and interesting study challenges the traditional 'individualist' definition of liberal political ideas.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.