By Charles W. Anderson
"An eloquent safety of liberal democracy, no longer loads as summary philosophy yet as a fashion of life." ."—Jean Bethke Elshtain, collage of Chicago, writer of Democracy on Trial at the present time those that think in liberal democracy needs to reexamine and reaffirm their commitments. the following, Charles Anderson probes our pressing issues and questions. Even those that think that liberal democracy is the easiest kind of executive might imagine that liberal individualism results in selfishness, permissiveness, and irresponsibility. Many might educate a cultural or spiritual counter-ethic to offset the excesses of freedom. Grounding his view in vintage philosophic and non secular beliefs, Anderson argues deeper imaginative and prescient of individuality and freedom can result in either a valid public philosophy and a invaluable own ethic. within the comparable means that we as people try and comprehend our position in nature and the cosmos, Anderson seeks to appreciate how we, as particular members, can comprehend our position between our fellow people. starting with friendship and love, he extends his inquiry to the relationships of educating, group, paintings, and democracy. Anderson indicates how the average wish of unfastened humans to discover which means in relationships with each other can result in intensity and fullness either in inner most and public existence.
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Here I stand. I can do no other. 2 Every philosophy will in the end recommend a way, a method by which we may Wnd meaning, a guide to making our way through life. And such a recommendation must rest on certain foundations. Every philosophy will speculate about the question of ultimate reality; it will propose a view of underlying order or the character and purposes of God. It makes a guess about what is 18 / Part I. Philosophy really going on in the universe. Or it starts by asserting (and it is equally a Wrst premise, a foundation of theory) that it does not know a thing about order, if an order exists at all.
Most people must think themselves failures. This is not a philosophy that encourages self-respect. 1 Liberalism denounced traditional society because the elders presumed to prescribe the values, the way of life, for all the people. Now I wonder if we are not back in the same Wx all over again. It may be that the powerful have presumed to teach us an ethic of striving competition, consumer hedonism, and uncaring selfseeking against our better judgment. ” And it is fascinating that the very same philosophy of individual choice, contract, and market systems that provides the justiWcation for advanced capitalism is the source of our most devastating criticisms of it.
The market society produces opportunities and goods (again, of commodities, of services, of faith, of wisdom, of beauty) in just the proportion that people actually want them. No elite decides what people should have. 40 / Part II. Individuality Each individual choice counts the same. The market is neutral among different ways of life. It meets the skeptical requirement, the acknowledgment of our ignorance of our own meaning that is the foundation of our philosophy. The market society is not extravagant.