Liberalism: A Counter-History (Italian: Controstoria del liberalismo) is a book by Italian philosopher Domenico Losurdo. In the book, he examines the inner. Domenico Losurdo, Liberalism: A Counter‐History (translated by Gregory Elliott ), London: Verso, ISBN‐ 1 4 (cloth). Liberalism: A Counter History is Domenico Losurdo’s trenchant analysis of the question what is Liberalism in its historical development and.

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One of these was prepared to reform capitalism fairly significantly in response to the struggles of the excluded — this faction, associated with figures such as T.

This was, without doubt, a provocative reframing. Conclusion Overall, the book has much to recommend it. Domenico Losurdo looks at the foundational link between liberalism and Atlantic slavery, and liberal philosophers’ shifting positions on slavery in the period between Somersett v Stewart and the American Civil War.

La razza attraversa sin dagli albori il pensiero liberale fino a sfociare in incontrollabili esternazioni: Not even the domenici faults of the book can repudiate losuedo awesome merit.

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From where did these struggles draw their moral force and power? Even after the French revolution, in which people were defined as citizens, those outside the enlightened community were considered passive citizens, and subject to the need for hard work.

Rather, he investigates not only domeniico conceptual developments, but also and primarily the political and social relations it found expression in” which made itself known through various contradictions. His charges of liberal hypocrisy often appear as if a demand for the end to double standards and blind spots; which is to say, the fuller realization of a proclaimed universalism, rather than its simple destruction.

Most notably one sees a commitment to principles of liberty and equality running through the history of liberal thought. Sehr erhellende intellektuelle und reale Geschichte llberalism liberalen Denktradition. This curious blend of liberty and oppression was given philosophical expression by their own philosopher of Liberalism, Hugo Grotius http: Groups who are in reality excluded from the domencio of liberal equality and freedom can draw losugdo the stated or implicit universalism of these liberal principles and demand their inclusion.


Liberalism ultimately was the product of a social and political revolution which did not involve any emancipation, but rather the reverse, for those social and ethnic groups outside of the new elite. A more serious critical analysis of the author’s use of citations in counter-hisgory false or misleading manner would be in order.

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With this exclusionary logic in mind we can make sense of the paradoxes of liberal slavery, liberal empire and liberal authoritarianism towards wage labourers and the poor.

Ever keen to promote his thought at the domrnico level, until shortly before his death he was working on a new chapter for the English version of his Antonio Gramsci: It barely deserves four stars, so this might as well be a three-star review.

The book makes the case that liberalism, far from being the counterforce to oppression, tyranny, slavery and war, has almost always, in fact, defended and even created new justifications not liberralism mention new institutional means for the oppression of foreigners, races, minorities, workers, poor people, etc.

This tradition has a complex relationship counte-history liberalism for the author, but Losurdo tends to treat them as more or less clearly distinct traditions. Liberal philosophical individualism and the individualist conceptions of liberty and equality that counter–history from this basis typically take little account of concrete social relations and substantive, material inequalities of wealth and power.

This, needless counter-bistory say, means that a great deal of liberal thought is liberaoism altogether. Among the atrocities that Losurdo finds liberalism condoned include the Irish potato faminethe chattel slavery in the United Statesthe Indian genocide in North Americathe Opium Warsthe British crimes in India and the implementation of Jim Crow laws in the American South. When modern Americans appeal to Locke as a sympathetic philosopher lourdo liberty that is not such an odd thing, since they were explicitly his target audience.


It would also have been interesting to have seen how Losurdo situates recent egalitarian liberal liberslism philosophy of the Rawlsian and post-Rawlsian type in relation to his argument about exclusion.

For one thing, several major figures in the history of liberal thought receive only minor walk on roles in the narrative or do not appear at all. Indeed Losurdo draws out the various justifications and apologetics for slavery, colonialism, white supremacy, and class oppression propagated by a range of figures from the canon of liberal thought.

Liberalism: A Counter-History by Domenico Losurdo

Hardcoverpages. Apr 16, James rated it really liked it. The lower classes were regarded as, more or less, a race apart — born to serve their natural masters like black slaves in the colonies. In this way, whites, who remained at the top of the social hierarchy as directors of production, could dispose of blacks as auxiliary instruments of production, or slaves proper, who would precisely be the anthropomorphic monkeys: Indeed, colonialism reached its apogee with the diffusion and consolidation of liberalism across Europe in the late 19 th Century.

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Sep 19, Sami Eerola rated it it was amazing Shelves: Key Themes and Concepts: He did not simply explain their crimes and errors which he freely admitted as a response to the war climate in which they ccounter-history.

And especially the EU was deserving on some honorary mention in the rolls. But still, it seems ever since or hell, the critical marxists have really lost their euphoria and often become quite astute critics of our present system. Other forthcoming translations include studies of Hegel and of Kant.