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Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism

The Realist Turn

Repositioning Liberalism

Authors: Rasmussen, Douglas B., Den Uyl, Douglas J.

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  • Argues that a realist turn is needed to bring about a proper understanding and defense of liberty.
  • Provides a basis for the reality of both natural goodness and natural rights.
  • Uses insights from Aquinas and Wittgenstein to defend cognitive realism and challenge constructivism.
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Douglas B. Rasmussen and Douglas J. Den Uyl maintain that a realist turn—namely, one in which the natural order is the basis for individual rights—is needed to bring about a proper understanding and defense of liberty. They argue that the critical character of individual rights results from their being tethered to metaphysical realism. After reprising their explanation and defense of natural rights, Rasmussen and Den Uyl explain metaphysical realism and defend it against neo-pragmatist objections.  They show it to be a formidable and preferable alternative to epistemic constructivism and crucial for a suitable understanding of ideal theory.

About the authors

Douglas B. Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University, NYC, USA.

 

Douglas J. Den Uyl is Vice-President of Educational Programs at Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, USA.


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“For Modern thought, reality is well lost. The Realist Turn not only discusses the presuppositions of antirealism and shows its theoretical weaknesses, but it also defends realism with rigor, clarity, and accuracy. What is peculiarly enlightening is the relation introduced between three areas—metaphysics, epistemology, and political philosophy—on this question of realism. A convincing book on a crucial topic!” 
—Roger Pouivet, Professor of Philosophy, Université de Lorraine, Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (Paris), and author of After Wittgenstein, St. Thomas (2008)

“This book is an elegant and significant analysis and defense of a form of Aristotelian realism.  Arguing for a middle ground between Platonism on the one hand and constructivism on the other, the authors use Putnam’s realism and criticism as a foil.  Steeped in Aristotelian metaphysics, the authors, in this in-depth analysis, utilize contemporary analytic philosophy in a masterful way.”
—Anthony J. Lisska, Maria Theresa Barney Professor of Philosophy, Denison University, USA

“Rasmussen and Den Uyl’s great theme is the importance of fundamental philosophy to getting political theory right. This capstone volume, building on their decades-long collaboration, makes an integrated case for a realist-based liberalism, fruitfully contrasting their position to the major contemporary liberal and libertarian alternatives, as well as their communitarian, impersonalist, and paternalist rivals.”
—Stephen R. C. Hicks, Professor of Philosophy, Rockford University, USA

"Rasmussen and Den Uyl build on their neo-Aristotelian defense of individual rights by explaining and critiquing challenges to the metaphysical realism that grounds their theory. This book is a must-have for anyone working at the intersection of ethics, epistemology, and political philosophy."
Carrie-Ann Biondi, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Marymount Manhattan College, USA 

“Rasmussen and Den Uyl provide a brilliant account of why and how metaphysical realism is necessary for basic, negative, and natural rights to life, liberty, and property. The Realist Turn is essential reading for anyone interested in natural rights, philosophical realism, and the fate of liberty in the modern age.” 
Khalil Habib, Associate Professor of Politics, Hillsdale College, USA

“In The Realist Turn: Repositioning Liberalism, the authors persuasively, winsomely, and convincingly encourage classical liberals and libertarians to reexamine the case for an individual’s natural right to liberty in the context of metaphysical realism.”
Victor V. Claar, Associate Professor of Economics, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Realist Turn
Book Subtitle
Repositioning Liberalism
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48435-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48435-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48434-7
Series ISSN
2662-6470
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 274
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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