Published Humanitas, Volume VII, No. 2, 1994
Canadian-Polish Research Institute
Post-Liberalism: Studies in Political Thought, by John Gray. New York and London: Routledge, 1993. 358 pp. $45.
Beyond the New Right: Markets, Government and the Common Environment, by John Gray. New York and London: Routledge, 1993. 195 pp. $34.50.
John Gray has long been identified with the conventional, pro-capitalist, Anglo-American right-wing. But although these two works continue what he began in his earlier book Liberalisms (1989)—indeed, Post-Liberalism is explicitly identified as its sequel—Gray decisively breaks with the conventional right-wing position in the last section of Beyond the New Right. Despite an intensely scholarly style, all of these works forthrightly engage various critical aspects of the period of late modernity in which we live.
Except for the concluding “What Is Dead and What is Living in Liberalism?” Post-Liberalism is a collection of Gray’s previously published essays, organized under the themes of “Thinkers,” “Critiques,” and “Questions.” The book also includes extensive notes and an index.
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