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Abstract

In 1962 Daniel Bell published what proved to be, albeit briefly, an influential book, The End of Ideology,1 in which he suggested that the emergence of a consensus since 1945 around certain social values had rendered traditional ideological debate otiose. This was because, he claimed, in western democracies, there were no more ideological battles to be fought and intellectual effort was expected to be invested in the consolidation of an existing agreed compromise rather than the construction of new Weltanschauungen. This view coincided nicely, albeit accidentally, with the conventional view of analytical philosophy that the inherent subjectivism of all ethical and political judgements made it impossible to found a political theory on any philosophical principles: the lack of any metaphysical persuasiveness for social and political doctrines was compensated for by a tacit agreement amongst intellectuals on the desirability of one political doctrine. In America this is known as ‘liberalism’ and in Britain and Europe, ‘social democracy’.

Keywords

Political Theory Social Philosophy Free Society Logical Positivist Classical Liberalism 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    Daniel Bell, The End of Ideology (New York: The Free Press, 1962).Google Scholar
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    R. Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia (New York: Basic Books, 1974).Google Scholar
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    M. Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom (University of Chicago Press, 1962).Google Scholar
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    F.A. von Hayek, Road to Serfdom (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1944).Google Scholar
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    F.A. von Hayek, The Counter-Revolution of Science (Glencoe Free Press, 1955) pp. 36–43.Google Scholar
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    F.A. von Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1960) p. 29.Google Scholar
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    M. Friedman, ‘The Methodology of Positive Economics’, in Essays in Positive Economics (University of Chicago Press, 1953) p. 5.Google Scholar
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    A. Rand, Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal (New York: Signet, 1967) p. 20.Google Scholar
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    F. Kaye’s edition of B. Mandeville, Fable of the Bees (London: Oxford University Press, 1924).Google Scholar
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    Norman Barry, ‘The Tradition of Spontaneous Order’, in Literature of Liberty v (1982) pp. 17–20.Google Scholar

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© Norman P. Barry 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman P. Barry
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of BuckinghamUK

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