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    Adam Smith and His Legacy for Modern Capitalism.Mark Wegierski - 1994 - Review of Metaphysics 47 (3):644-645.
    This clearly argued, well-structured work may be seen by some as very revisionist in regards to Adam Smith, and by others as wholly noncontroversial. Werhane's central argument is that Adam Smith cannot be categorized as an advocate of pure "self-interest," in the sense it is interpreted today to defend a certain type of untrammeled capitalism. Rather, Smith's definition of "self-interest" is distinct from unabashed "selfishness." Werhane argues that the free-market system, according to Smith, can only operate optimally and successfully in (...)
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    George Grant: A Biography.Mark Wegierski - 1995 - Review of Metaphysics 49 (1):128-129.
    This work is a very fine scholarly biography of George Parkin Grant, often considered Canada's preeminent political philosopher. William Christian is a professor of political studies at the University of Guelph, who--as a younger scholar--knew the more elderly Grant well, in person. Drawing on numerous primary sources, Christian's book is both a personal history of Grant, as well as a careful description of the philosophical, intellectual, and religious odyssey of Grant's life. It pays particular attention to Grant's early life and (...)
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    The System of Philosophies of History. From the Rights of Man to the Republican Idea. [REVIEW]Mark Wegierski - 1994 - Review of Metaphysics 47 (4):810-811.
    These two volumes complete this very ambitious trilogy, begun with Rights--The New Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Volume 2 juxtaposes the major philosophies of history, which are said to occupy the crucial terrain between politics and "pure" philosophy. The chapter-structure of the book parallels exactly the logic of the argument being made.
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    Considerations on France. [REVIEW]Mark Wegierski - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (3):674-674.
    Maistre's Considerations sur la France originally appeared in 1797. Richard A. Lebrun is a long-time Maistre scholar, and this translation, based on the critical French edition of de Johannet and Vermale, can be considered as definitive, especially since he mentions his further consulting of the new critical edition of Jean-Louis Darcel, to emend the translation originally published in 1974. Lebrun's translation includes some material Maistre had struck out of his original manuscript. It appears in both French critical editions, which benefitted (...)
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    The Art of Rulership: A Study of Ancient Chinese Political Thought. [REVIEW]Mark Wegierski - 1996 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (2):383-383.
    This work contains a full, critical translation of Huai Nan Tzu, Book 9, Chu-shu, which is part of "an important compendium of knowledge and philosophical speculation... presented to the Chinese court of Wu Ti during the first century of the Former Han ". Preceding the translation is a dense philosophical analysis of the treatise, and of its place in a painstakingly reconstructed history of ideas, particular to the development of China up to that date. China had already gone through nearly (...)
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    The Barbarism of Reason: Max Weber and the Twilight of Enlightenment. [REVIEW]Mark Wegierski - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (3):666-667.
    This is a diverse, carefully assembled collection of scholarly writing on Max Weber's thought. Included are an introduction by the editors, endnotes for each essay, and notes on the contributors. Nine of the twelve essays appear here originally. The essays are grouped under three major sections.
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    Values Education and Technology: The Ideology of Dispossession. [REVIEW]Mark Wegierski - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):884-885.
    Peter Emberley is one of Canada's leading scholars writing on issues linking education and philosophy. This dense, very erudite work could be seen as the high counterpart to his two more popular books on similar themes, Bankrupt Education: The Decline of Liberal Education in Canada and Zero Tolerance: Hot Button Politics in Canada's Universities.
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    Canada in Crisis.Mark Wegierski - 1996 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1996 (106):203-208.
    McDonald's thesis is that the chief villain in the unfolding tragedy of Canada is Pierre Elliott Trudeau and, to a lesser extent, his predecessor Lester B. Pearson. Goldwin Smith's well-known late-19th century comment that Canada was “rich by nature, but poor by policy” seems to hold true today. The secondlargest country in the world, rich in resources, Canada has been virtually bankrupted by government profligacy. Canada has been called “the impossible country,” and many have considered it “an impossible country to (...)
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    After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State.Mark Wegierski - 2000 - Review of Metaphysics 54 (1):144-145.
    Paul Edward Gottfried is today probably the leading political theorist of the United States “paleoconservative” grouping. He has published three books on the postwar conservative movement in America, including The Search for Historical Meaning: Hegel and the Postwar American Right, as well as studies of Carl Schmitt and of Romanticism in nineteenth century Bavaria.
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    The Conservative Movement in America: Redeeming the Time or Serving the System?Mark Wegierski - 2009 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2009 (148):173-177.
    What reflective conservatives see as the attenuation and destruction of tradition and traditionalism in Western societies has proceeded apace along a variety of paths. In this cogent study, Paul Gottfried looks at the shape this process has taken in the United States, where ruling elites have directed a so-called “conservative movement” that would capture the efforts and resources of many of those at least putatively opposed to the present-day regime. Gottfried describes how the initial founding of the “conservative movement” in (...)
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    Gray, John. Enlightenment's Wake: Politics and Culture at the Close of the Modern Age.Mark Wegierski - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):896-898.
    John Gray, a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, notes in the preface that this work completes a "train of thought" carried through his Liberalisms, Post-liberalism, and Beyond the New Right. The book includes acknowledgments, a preface, notes, and an index. Only the last of the ten essays, "Enlightenment's Wake", appears here originally.
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    George Grant and the Subversion of Modernity: Art, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, and Education.Mark Wegierski - 1998 - Review of Metaphysics 51 (3):668-670.
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    The System of Philosophies of History. (Political Philosophy, Volume II).Mark Wegierski - 1994 - Review of Metaphysics 47 (4):810-812.
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    Conservatism: An Anthology of Social and Political Thought From David Hume to the Present.Mark Wegierski - 1998 - Review of Metaphysics 51 (4):948-948.
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    Carl Schmitt: Politics and Theory.Mark Wegierski - 1991 - Review of Metaphysics 45 (1):120-121.
    This sharp, erudite work discusses and also takes its place in the "Schmittean revival" which, the author argues, is emerging today in Western Europe, and, to a lesser extent, in North America. The author takes a stance as someone not only interested in Schmitt, but also wishes to bring Schmitt's insights into the koinë of modern American political and philosophical discourse.
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    Reasonable Democracy: Jürgen Habermas and the Politics of Discourse.Mark Wegierski - 1999 - Review of Metaphysics 52 (3):667-668.
    In the introduction, “Justice, Rationality, and Democracy”, Simone Chambers states the purpose of her work—to provide a coherent justification and philosophical elaboration of the idea that “... the more we employ noncoercive public debate to resolve our deepest collective moral, political, and social disputes, the better”.
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    Authority and Democracy: A General Theory of Government and Management.Mark Wegierski - 1996 - Review of Metaphysics 49 (4):934-936.
    In the introduction to Authority and Democracy, the author sets forth his ultimate goal of trying to justify, through arguments grounded in liberal political and moral theory, the enactment of employee democracy in the structures of major and mid-size corporations.
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    Ames, Roger T. The Art of Rulership: A Study of Ancient Chinese Political Thought.Mark Wegierski - 1996 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (2):383-384.
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    St. Petersburg Dialogues.Mark Wegierski - 1995 - Review of Metaphysics 48 (3):665-666.
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    German Ideology: From France to Germany and Back.Mark Wegierski - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 51 (1):147-148.
    This is a reworking in English by Dumont himself of his Homo Aequalis II: L’Idéologie allemande, France-Allemagne et retour. It includes notes, a “Preface to the English Edition”, “Works Cited”, and an index. Dumont is an eminent, senior scholar, who works in the mode of a highlevel “anthropology.” He is known for his studies of Eastern civilizations, notably Homo hierarchicus: Essai sur le système des castes.
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    What's the Matter With Liberalism?Mark Wegierski - 1993 - Review of Metaphysics 47 (1):134-136.
    Despite its nonscholarly sounding title, this work is a trenchant reinterpretation of certain crucial aspects of Aristotle's thought for the contemporary age, and an excellent survey of the "liberal-communitarian" debate today. The author seeks to restore the philosophical language and concerns of classical moral theory, which he sees as having perennial importance, as against the "thinness" of contemporary liberal theorizing. The work has a prefatory note, including Václav Havel's warning about Western smugness, and a short Index. Footnotes, often substantial, are (...)
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    Emberley, Peter C. Values Education and Technology: The Ideology of Dispossession.Mark Wegierski - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):884-886.
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    Christian, William, and Sheila Grant, Eds. The George Grant Reader.Mark Wegierski - 1999 - Review of Metaphysics 53 (2):435-437.
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    Horowitz, Asher, and Maley, Terry, Eds. The Barbarism of Reason: Max Weber and the Twilight of Enlightenment.Mark Wegierski - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (3):666-668.
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  25. The Canadian Predicament.Mark Wegierski - 1999 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1999 (114):187-191.
     
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    The Labyrinth of Technology: A Preventive Technology and Economic Strategy as a Way Out.Mark Wegierski - 2001 - Review of Metaphysics 55 (2):423-424.
    Willem Vanderburg holds professorships in both sociology and engineering at the University of Toronto, and is the founding director of the Centre for Technology and Social Development. This provocative, interdisciplinary work encompasses very diverse areas such as epistemology, history and philosophy of science and technology, ecology, and sociology. The book includes a preface, postscript, notes, and index. The main text is divided into four numbered parts and eleven numbered chapters, which are further subdivided into numbered sections.
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    Maistre, Joseph De. Considerations on France.Mark Wegierski - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 50 (3):674-675.
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    The Reform Party and the Crisis of Canadian Politics.Mark Wegierski - 1998 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1998 (111):163-172.
    In the 1990s a rise of populist or regionalist parties in Western democracies has challenged the ruling centrist consensus.1 There are, however, only a few similarities between them. Thus it is impossible to equate, e.g., Austria's Jörg Haider or France's Jean-Marie Le Pen with Canada's Preston Manning. Diverse political cultures produce different political figures, programs and ideologies. When all is said and done, Manning's Reform Party remains idiosyncratically Canadian, and it is necessary to examine the Canadian context within which it (...)
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    Cultural-Political Interventions in the Unfinished Project of Enlightenment.Mark Wegierski - 1994 - International Philosophical Quarterly 34 (3):389-390.
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    Spirit Vs. Matter.Mark Wegierski - 2007 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2007 (138):187-191.
    Roger Scruton is one of the leading British conservative thinkers today. Among the many works that he has written is the now classic The Meaning of Conservatism, which originally appeared in 1980. Although often seen as a reactionary, authoritarian, or worse, he is far more humane and compassionate than many of his opponents imagine him to be. Unfortunately, in the mid- to late 1980s, Scruton became a highly partisan supporter of Margaret Thatcher, setting aside many possible traditionalist Tory reservations about (...)
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  31. The George Grant Reader. [REVIEW]Mark Wegierski - 1999 - Review of Metaphysics 53 (2):436-436.
    George Parkin Grant is probably Canada’s leading political and social philosopher. This carefully chosen collection extends from his earliest to latest writings. William Christian who, as a younger scholar, knew Grant personally, has authored George Grant: A Biography and edited, George Grant: Selected Letters. He has introduced the new editions of Grant’s Philosophy in the Mass Age, and Time as History. Sheila Grant was married to George Grant for forty-one years, and has taken a very active role in the continuation (...)
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