Liberalism: A Critique of Its Basic Principles and Various Forms

Liberalism: A Critique of Its Basic Principles and Various Forms

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Pages: 112
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Liberalism: A Critique of Its Basic Principles and Various Forms is the first book of its kind to provide a comprehensive and thorough exploration of liberalism. For decades, modernity has seen the influence of this ideology, but it hasn’t been without its fair share of criticism along the way. Seminars, debates, publications- we take stock of those who criticize liberalism right alongside those who extol its virtues, with no bias or one-sidedness. Cardinal Billot provides a deep look at what liberalism is and how it works in his thought-provoking treatise on liberalism within the framework of greater society.

This book is invaluable to readers seeking to broaden their views on the topic, from early critics from the 18th century onwards to more contemporary critiques. The critiques offered are never limited by time or place; rather they represent an ambitious yet holistic approach that delves into these complex theories for a richly informed insight into liberal philosophy. It provides stimulating conversation across fields such as economics, politics, sociology, and more.

Overall, Liberalism: A Critique of Its Basic Principles and Various Forms is a must-read for anyone curious about understanding primarily liberal philosophies and other related topics, but also for anyone looking for new perspectives beyond academia in which to explore them. Taking stock of past criticisms both logically and holistically can open up an entire world we might have not stopped to ponder before - this indispensable read is the key!

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"In an age where Liberalism, in one form or another, dominates the world, both inside and outside the Church, spreading confusion from an already diabolically disoriented secular world into the daily life of Catholics themselves, nothing could be more timely than this translation of Cardinal Billot's magisterial expression of why the Church must oppose Liberalism in all its many open and subtle forms". - John Rao (D.Phil., Oxford); Associate Professor of History, St. John's University

"As the contemporary political circumstances have revealed to us the many problems in our American regime, more people are questioning the theory and practice of classical liberalism. This newly revised translation by Thomas Storck of Louis Cardinal Billot's Critique of Liberalism is a timely retrieval of a political philosophy and theology which contributes to the debate (both inside and outside the Church) about the roots of our crises. It helps clarify what is at stake in the age old struggle for the proper relationship between the Church and the political order, and an understanding of authentic liberty. This is a must read for those who are concerned about the present state and future prospects of America". - Dr. Steven Brust, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Eastern New Mexico University

"Before we can scrutinize "the signs of the times," as the Second Vatican Council charged Catholics to do, we must understand the basic ideas that underly the times. The doctrines of Liberalism, a fundamental idea of our time, are ably and incisively defined and refuted in the pages of Louis Cardinal Billot's small treatise, Liberalism. Thomas Storck's revised translation of Billot's text conveys Billot's thought - which is really the Church's thought - with strength and clarity. And Mr. Storck's introductory essay ably "translates" Billot's thesis into a North American context. Readers will find in this republication of Billot's Liberalism not only a key to understanding the errors of our times, but their effective antidote in the wisdom of Catholic tradition". - Christopher Zehnder, MA, General Editor and author, the Catholic Textbook Project


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