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Liberalism Defended: The Challenge of Post-Modernity (The Shaftesbury Papers, 9) Paperback – March 1, 1998


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This is an exceptionally fine treatment of one of the most troubling aspects of classical liberalism, namely, its relationship to morality and the fact of the plurality of moral practices within human community life. The authors address the most recent statement of the problem and handle it with magnificent clarity and philosophical astuteness. This is clearly the best of not only what these authors have said on the topic thus far but what any classical liberal has produced in an attempt to demonstrate that the challenges of human community life are met most successfully by a well thought out classical liberal polity. -- Tibor R. Machan, Professor of Philosophy, Auburn University

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Douglas B. Rasmussen, Professor of Philosophy, St. John's University,

Douglas J. Den Uyl, Professor of Philosophy, Bellarmine College


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Douglas B. Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. from Marquette University. He has served on the Steering Committee of the Ayn Rand Society and the Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment to the Humanities and the Earhart Foundation and has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, on three occasions. His areas of research interest are epistemology, ontology, ethics, and political philosophy as well as the moral foundations of capitalism. He has authored numerous articles in such journals as American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, American Philosophical Quarterly, International Philosophical Quarterly, The New Scholasticism, The Personalist, Public Affairs Quarterly, Social Philosophy & Policy, The Review of Metaphysics, and The Thomist, and in many scholarly anthologies. He guest edited TELEOLOGY & THE FOUNDATION OF VALUE--the January 1992 (Volume 75, No. 1) issue of The Monist. He is coauthor (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) of Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order (1991); Liberalism Defended: The Challenge of Post-Modernity (1997); and Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2005). Finally, he is coeditor (with Den Uyl) of The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand (1984).

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