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Liberalism as IdeologyEssays in Honour of Michael Freeden$
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Ben Jackson and Marc Stears

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600670.001.0001

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Ideology, Political Philosophy, and the Interpretive Enterprise: A View from the Other Side

Ideology, Political Philosophy, and the Interpretive Enterprise: A View from the Other Side

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(p.178) 9 Ideology, Political Philosophy, and the Interpretive Enterprise: A View from the Other Side
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Liberalism as Ideology
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Gerald Gaus

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600670.003.0010

Michael Freeden’s magisterial work, Ideologies and Political Theory, is a key contribution to contemporary political theory, developing the systematic study of political ideologies in terms of their conceptual morphology. This chapter considers the relation of political philosophy, ideologies, and the study of political ideologies, focusing on Freeden’s depiction of ‘American philosophical liberalism’, which he sees as ‘an ideological phenomenon like any other liberal doctrine’. The chapter considers two questions. (1) Can we adequately distinguish liberalism as an ideology from philosophical theories of liberalism? (2) Can a second-level study of political doctrines such as Freeden’s normatively criticize a first-level theory such as American philosophical liberalism as resting on false claims, without itself becoming just another first-level theory?

Keywords:   Freeden, ideology, liberalism, cenceptual morphology, contemporary political theory, Freeden

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