Introduction: the Edges as an Internal Periphery

Benjamin Arditi

in Politics on the Edges of Liberalism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625116
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652778 | DOI:
Introduction: the Edges as an Internal Periphery

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What does it mean to speak of politics on the edges of liberalism, and why should this matter for political thought? What these essays try to do is to look at a grey zone of phenomena where one is tempted to suspend the qualifier ‘liberal’ when describing politics, or at least where it is difficult to assert unambiguously that what happens within it is governed by a liberal code alone. It is also a zone where experimentation with political innovation questions the liberal consensus. The ‘edges’ of the title thus refer to phenomena that either push the envelope of liberalism or seek to go against and beyond it.

Keywords: political thought; liberal consensus; political innovation; liberalism

Chapter.  3804 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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