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A Critical Legal Examination of Liberalism and Liberal Rights

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  • Provides a critical legal examination of the liberal state and liberal rights in the law
  • Presents a systematic alternative to liberal approaches to both the law and rights, grounded in a left-wing conception of human dignity
  • Argues that the way forward is not to abandon, but to radicalize, the potential of the liberal project

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism (PASTCL)

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This book has two aims. First, to provide a critical legal examination of the liberal state and liberal rights in the law, and secondly, to present a systematic alternative to liberal approaches to both the law and rights, grounded in a left wing conception of human dignity.  

At the opening of the 21st century a remarkable thing happened. Liberalism, once considered the only doctrine left standing at the end of history, began to face renewed competition from both the political left and the post-modern conservative right. This book argues that the way forward is not to abandon, but to radicalize, the potential of the liberal project. Analysing major theoretical positions in order to build a critical genealogy of liberal rights, McManus lucidly develops a left wing alternative to the classic liberal approach to rights drawing on the traditions of liberal egalitarians and deliberative democracy theory.  Societies, he argues, should be committed to advancingthe human dignity of all through the enshrinement of certain rights into positive state law, the expansion of democracy and a resolute commitment to economic equality. 


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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Liberalism and Its Critics

  2. A Critical Legal Approach to Dignity, Law, and Rights

Authors and Affiliations

  • Political Science, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Hi, Mexico, Mexico

    Matthew McManus

About the author

Matthew McManus is a Professor of Politics at Whitman College and the author of Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law and The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism, amongst other books.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Critical Legal Examination of Liberalism and Liberal Rights

  • Authors: Matthew McManus

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-61025-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-61024-1Published: 24 November 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-61027-2Published: 24 November 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-61025-8Published: 23 November 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2662-6470

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-6489

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 289

  • Topics: Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

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