Contract, Culture, and Citizenship: Transformative Liberalism from Hobbes to Rawls Hardcover – Jul 23 2008
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“Button argues that ‘contract makes citizens,’ rather than vice versa. He provides no less than a reexamination of the major texts in social contract theory—including those of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau—emphasizing the importance within this tradition of a ‘transformative’ and deeply educative project. An excellent book: fresh, original, clearly written and cogently argued, and based on an impressively wide array of sources. This book deserves a wide readership.”
—Stephen Macedo, Princeton University
“In a beautifully written, persuasively argued book, Button offers a new account of the modern liberal tradition of political thought.”
—D. Casson, Choice
“Button’s book remains an original and important investigation into the history of civic education in the social contract tradition. Political theorists will find much that is of interest here.”
—Anna Stilz, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
About the Author
Mark Button is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah.