Human Dignity in a Post-Liberal Era

Wilfred McClay says liberalism was a powerful force for elevating human dignity “so long as it could presume a moral order that preceded it, an order it had not itself produced. But now, untethered to any such order, but tightly bound instead to emotivism as its sole moral calculus, it has become more and more chaotic and impossibly compromised…. The question before us, then, is less one of liberalism’s future than of what kind of ‘after’ we will seek for it.”

“Liberalism After Liberalism: How Can We Affirm Human Dignity When Liberalism No Longer Can?” by Wilfred McClay. First Things, May 2012.

(Capitol Reading Group, May 4, 2012)

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Posted on May 1, 2012, in American Culture, Political Life & Political Questions, Worldview. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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