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    Liberalism, Pluralism and the Sphere Division in Harold Laski.Gal Gerson - 2022 - Theoria 69 (170):35-60.
    While aligned with John Neville Figgis’ pluralism and Marxist socialism, Harold Laski endorsed liberal and democratic values. However, he synthesised several elements from older liberal theories in a way that diluted the division to which these theories had adhered, namely that between the private and the political spheres. The resulting combination preserves privacy’s status as the realm where individuals are free to pursue their separate ends, but enables essentially private activities based in voluntary social spaces to infuse the space of (...)
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    Landmarks in the Evolution of Liberal Thought: Freedom, Plurality, Knowledge.Gal Gerson - forthcoming - The European Legacy:1-20.
    In the past few decades, liberal and democratic thought has been subjected to attacks from the adherents of nationalism, populism, and social radicalism. Much of these attacks involve suspicions about liberalism’s association with the contents and purveyors of structured knowledge, scientific and humanistic alike. I suggest that an examination of the history of liberal beliefs may add to our understanding of what is at stake. Such an examination may reveal how liberal thought in the twentieth century shifted away from its (...)
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    The open society and the challenge of populism: Solution and problem.Gal Gerson - 2023 - Contemporary Political Theory 22 (4):529-551.
    Formulated as a common conceptual ground for all democracies, Popper's notion of the open society sprang from the mid-20th century context that demonstrated democracy's vulnerability to hijacking through its own electoral mechanisms. Popper's concept may accordingly be considered as a resource for combatting the populist appeal to majority decision and its threat of diminishing individual and minority rights. I examine the affirmative and critical aspects of such a consideration. On the affirmative side, the open-society concept allows room for both majority (...)
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    Symphony as Event: The Significance of Political Philosophy.Gal Gerson - 2023 - The European Legacy 29 (1):101-108.
    Political philosophy is a discipline researched and taught in Western universities, typically within political-science departments. Political philosophers examine the intellectual basis of public i...
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    Family, Tragedy, Democracy, and Populism: The Exchange between Jessica Benjamin and Christopher Lasch.Gal Gerson - 2023 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2023 (204):123-143.
    ExcerptFrom the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, a series of critical remarks were traded between the historian and cultural critic Christopher Lasch and the psychoanalyst and feminist philosopher Jessica Benjamin. Researchers describe that exchange as involving competing perceptions of psychoanalysis, but the debate also covered mismatching approaches to critical theory and, more widely, to the ideals befitting a free polity. Lasch’s appeal to the traditions of the American past faced off against Benjamin’s advocacy of a substantial social change whose fundamental (...)
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    Individuality, deliberation and welfare in Donald Winnicott.Gal Gerson - 2005 - History of the Human Sciences 18 (1):107-126.
    This paper expands on the political vision embedded in Donald Winnicott’s psychoanalytic work. It comments on Winnicott’s notion that individuality is produced by society, and adds that such production inevitably involves power asymmetry. It is argued that Winnicott values rights and property as communicative devices rather than as private enclosures held against society. However, it is also maintained that Winnicott thinks that social deliberation itself depends on a preceding objective instance that may be referred to as justice. Lastly, aspects of (...)
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    Fairbairn, Winnicott, and Guntrip on the social significance of schizoids.Gal Gerson - 2022 - History of the Human Sciences 35 (3-4):144-167.
    The mid-century object relations approach saw the category of schizoids as crucial to its own formation. Rooted in a developmental phase where the perception of the mother as a whole and real person had not yet been secured, the schizoid constitution impeded relationships and forced schizoids to communicate through a compliant persona while the kernel self remained isolated. Fairbairn, Winnicott, and Guntrip thought that schizoid features underlay many other pathologies that earlier, Freudian psychoanalysis had misidentified. To correct this, a move (...)
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    Donald Winnicott and the Politics of Care.Gal Gerson - 2023 - The European Legacy 28 (6):678-681.
    The body of research on the social and political implications of Donald Winnicott’s psychoanalytic theory has been growing steadily in recent years. This has long been overdue, considering the preo...
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    First among Equals.Gal Gerson - 2011 - The European Legacy 16 (7):981 - 985.
    The European Legacy, Volume 16, Issue 7, Page 981-985, December 2011.
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    George Orwell: English Rebel.Gal Gerson - 2018 - The European Legacy 23 (7-8):875-876.
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    George Orwell on Political Realism and the Future of Europe.Gal Gerson - 2017 - The European Legacy 22 (1):1-15.
    George Orwell perceived the possibility of a postwar united Europe, based on regional integration along social-democratic lines, as a means of survival in a world struggle rather than as a preamble to peace. This was the logical conclusion of his understanding of political realism: his endorsement of its assumption that violence is endemic to social life and that the force-wielding sovereign cannot be done away with. Yet Orwell also had reservations about realism. He argued that a purely realist analysis that (...)
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    Liberals and the Carnivalesque: Gilbert Murray and Francis Cornford on Ritual.Gal Gerson - 1998 - History of European Ideas 24 (4-5):331-354.
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    Liberalism, sociability, and object relations theory.Gal Gerson - 2005 - The European Legacy 10 (5):421-437.
    This article argues that the notions developed by post-Kleinian object relations psychoanalysis are continuous with a certain British political tradition. British object relations authors think that the healthy personality necessitates a social-democratic political environment. Their ideas follow both historically and logically upon a set of notions about human development that resemble those held by advanced liberals and social democrats since the nineteenth century. Social democracy and advanced liberalism perceive sociability and community as goods that complement traditional liberals? respect for autonomy (...)
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    Liberalism, welfare and the crowd in J.A. Hobson.Gal Gerson - 2004 - History of European Ideas 30 (2):197-215.
    J.A. Hobson is known for his views on economy and imperialism. He was also concerned with social psychology and especially with the phenomenon of crowds, which was much discussed at the beginning of the twentieth century. As crowd behaviour was both collective and apparently irrational, it could undermine liberalism. However, Hobson uses crowd phenomena to bolster his own brand of social-democratic liberalism. He perceives mass behaviour as a constituent of the social dialogue favoured by liberals since J. S. Mill, and (...)
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    The Economy of Holidays: System and Excess in Edwardian Liberalism.Gal Gerson - 2002 - The European Legacy 7 (4):453-471.
    Liberalism is often criticized for its emphasis on order and system. The liberal phraseology is hallmarked by such concepts as individual rights and impartial justice. Relying on law and reason and using tight legal definitions, the polity advocated by liberals views itself as applying equally to all citizens within it. Though ostensibly concerned with protecting liberties, the mechanisms liberalism deploys to carry out this task betray an oppressive streak. Individuals are addressed as modular and homogenous legal personalities that carry identical (...)
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    Liberalism: The Life of an Idea. [REVIEW]Gal Gerson - 2017 - The European Legacy 22 (5):618-620.
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