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The Quest for Civil Order: Politics, Rules and Individuality

Chor-Yung Cheung


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PUBLISHED: 31st October 2007
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In this study, four notable thinkers in the field of modern social and political theory are examined, with a view to determining how far it is possible to create and maintain a non-coercive but sustainable political order under conditions of diversity in contemporary Western societies. The four writers considered are Ernest Gellner, whose thought focused on the concept of civil society; Friedrich Hayek, whose principal concern was with a market-centred spontaneous social order; Jurgen Habermas, whose ideal is a discursive democracy; and Michael Oakeshott, whose model of a free society is based on a non-instrumental conception of civil association. The author is a senior lecturer in the Division of Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.
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  • Paperback
    $67.58
PUBLISHED: 31st October 2007
ISBN: 9781845400897
ANNOTATION:
In this study, four notable thinkers in the field of modern social and political theory are examined, with a view to determining how far it is possible to create and maintain a non-coercive but sustainable political order under conditions of diversity in contemporary Western societies. The four writers considered are Ernest Gellner, whose thought focused on the concept of civil society; Friedrich Hayek, whose principal concern was with a market-centred spontaneous social order; Jurgen Habermas, whose ideal is a discursive democracy; and Michael Oakeshott, whose model of a free society is based on a non-instrumental conception of civil association. The author is a senior lecturer in the Division of Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.

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In this study, four notable thinkers in the field of modern social and political theory are examined, with a view to determining how far it is possible to create and maintain a non-coercive but sustainable political order under conditions of diversity in contemporary Western societies. The four writers considered are Ernest Gellner, whose thought focused on the concept of civil society; Friedrich Hayek, whose principal concern was with a market-centred spontaneous social order; Jurgen Habermas, whose ideal is a discursive democracy; and Michael Oakeshott, whose model of a free society is based on a non-instrumental conception of civil association. The author is a senior lecturer in the Division of Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.

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In this study, four notable thinkers in the field of modern social and political theory are examined, with a view to determining how far it is possible to create and maintain a non-coercive but sustainable political order under conditions of diversity in contemporary Western societies. The four writers considered are Ernest Gellner, whose thought focused on the concept of civil society; Friedrich Hayek, whose principal concern was with a market-centred spontaneous social order; Jurgen Habermas, whose ideal is a discursive democracy; and Michael Oakeshott, whose model of a free society is based on a non-instrumental conception of civil association. The author is a senior lecturer in the Division of Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.

Author Biography

Chor-yung Cheung is a senior scholar in the Division of Social Studies at the City University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction; 2. Gellner on civil society: pluralism, modular man, and the separation of state and economy; 3. Hayek on "the Great Society": knowledge, abstract rules and the dethronement of politics; 4. Habermas on discursive democracy: communicative reason, private and public autonomy, law, and the politics of rational consensus; 5. Oakeshott on civil association: moral agency, law, and politics; 6. Conclusion; Works cited; Index.

Product Details

Author
Chor-Yung Cheung
Short Title
QUEST FOR CIVIL ORDER
Pages
225
Publisher
Imprint Academic
Language
English
ISBN-10
1845400895
ISBN-13
9781845400897
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-10-31