At 6.30pm on 22nd November, join an expert panel as they discuss The Politics of Virtue by John Milbank and Adrian Pabst: the fullest account so far of the post-liberal alternative in Western politics.
Contemporary politics is dominated by a liberal creed that champions 'negative liberty' and individual happiness. This creed undergirds positions on both the right and the left - free-market capitalism, state bureaucracy and individualism in social life. The triumph of liberalism has had the effect of subordinating human association and the common good to narrow self-interest and short-term utility. By contrast, post-liberalism promotes individual fulfilment and mutual flourishing based on shared goals that have more substantive content than the formal abstractions of liberal law and contract, and yet are also adaptable to different cultural and local traditions. In this important book, John Milbank and Adrian Pabst apply this analysis to the economy, politics, culture, and international affairs. In each case, having diagnosed the crisis of liberalism, they propose post-liberal alternatives, notably new concepts and fresh policy ideas. They demonstrate that, amid the current crisis, post-liberalism is a programme that could define a new politics of virtue and the common good.
Prof. John Milbank is Emeritus Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham. Dr Adrian Pabst is Reader in Politics at the University of Kent. They will be joined in conversation by Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Director of Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics and Dr Simone Kotva, Junior Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, Nick Rengger of St Andrews University and Marc Stears of the New Economics Foundation. The evening will be chaired by Lord Glasman, Labour Life Peer and Director of the Common Good Foundation.
Tickets for this event are priced at £4 in advance or £6 on the door. They can be purchased through this page, by calling 01223 463200 or in person in Heffers bookshop. Please note tickets are transferable but non-refundable.