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

Gerald Gaus

in Liberalism as Ideology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600670
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738203 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600670.003.0010
Ideology, Political Philosophy, and the Interpretive Enterprise: A View from the Other Side

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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

Chapter.  9178 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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