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Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863051.001.0001

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The Limits of Liberalism

The Limits of Liberalism

(p.135) 6 The Limits of Liberalism
Passing on the Right

Jon A. Shields

Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the disciplinary spaces and pressures that moderate liberal biases. Conservatives often gravitate to such spaces where they thrive, despite their numbers, because they share with their liberal colleagues a common intellectual orientation that is more important than their political differences. Conservative philosophers, for example, unite with liberal colleagues in the "analytic" tradition against "continental" theory. Traditionalists in history tend to resist disciplinary fads, whatever their politics. Meanwhile, defenders of the humanities, whether liberal or conservative, rally together to defend "great books." And in political science wars over methodology divide the discipline more deeply than partisanship.

Keywords:   political bias, economics, political science, social-science methods, humanities, sociology of knowledge, rational choice, Austrian economics, Perestroika

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