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Liberal Mind, The

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Kenneth Minogue offers a brilliant and provocative exploration of liberalism in the Western world today: its roots and its influences, its present state, and its prospects in the new century. The Liberal Mind limns the taxonomy of a way of thinking that constitutes the very consciousness of most people in most Western countries. But what, precisely, is liberalism? Or, more accurately, can liberalism be defined precisely? Minogue attempts to answer both questions. "The Liberal Mind attempts to uncover the philosophy of liberalism and lay bare its implications. What is Man? How does he think and feel? What is the place of Reason in human affairs? How should men live? What is politics, and what is it for? These are the questions which liberalism both asks and answers. The answers supply a technique of living, which is a utilitarian moral guide: yet the great advantage claimed for this code is that it is scientific. Because of this claim, liberalism is forced into a series of moral and political evasions, both doctrines and emotional habits of thought. These are dissected in The Liberal Mind."

About the Author

Kenneth Minogue is emeritus professor of political science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. Among his books are "The Concept of a University" (available from Transaction), "The Silencing of Society: The True Cost of the Lust for News, Politics: A Very Short Introduction, Nationalism, The Liberal Mind, and Waitangi: Morality and Reality. "
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865973083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865973084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a cogent history and explanation of liberalism. I am in love with this book. The brilliance in Minogue's analysis is astounding. Where are the public intellectuals of this caliber today? Answer: awash in the postmodern world's knee-jerk liberalism and knee-jerk conservatism.
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Minogue dissects the politics and philosophy of the liberal mind. He presents a compelling historical review of the liberal path. The path of progressive policies ends in confusion, acrimony, economic collapse and anarchy. History speaks clearly.
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Crystal clear thinking and writing. If there was one author to read that can explain how liberals get that way Professor Minogue must have been the one. Too bad he passed on. Who do we have now?
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Excellent insights into liberal mind.
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The author shows in this book how historical developments led to a the creation of a political ideology ideally suited to emotionally unstable, needy neurotics.
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