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Partisan or Neutral? Hardcover – May 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0847684533 ISBN-10: 0847684539
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This is a judicious and fair treatment of a number of crucial issues in contemporary political theory. It ought to be required reading for anyone in political theory, and highly recommended reading for anyone in moral philosophy, Christian ethics, or moral theology. (Rev. Paul W. McNellis, S.J., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome)

A very sensible, if not scintillating, treatment of a subject that is too susceptible to scintillation. (First Things)

. . .pragmatic, unpredictable and marked by robust but civil argument. (Jonathan Seglow Res Publica, Vol. Iv, No. 2 [1998])

In this thoughtful book, White criticizes the attempt by contemporary liberal theorists . . . to imagine liberal political principles to occupy an epistemic/moral status above the pluralistic fray of competing visions of the good. (Patrick Neal, University of Vermont Political Studies Review)

Professor White explores a neglected but perennial issue― the partisan roots of political philosophy. Although his theme has been treated by others―the unmasking of the claim of neutrality or impartiality made by liberal public philosophy―White makes the case with a rich and impressive set of resources and arguments, and he comes up with many new insights and formulations. It is highly recommended as a lively and persuasive way into the core issues of contemporary liberal public philosophy. (John Hittinger, U.S. Air Force Academy)

About the Author

Michael White is professor of philosophy at Arizona State University.

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