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Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism

The Evolutionary Limits of Liberalism

Democratic Problems, Market Solutions and the Ethics of Preference Satisfaction

Authors: Faria, Filipe Nobre

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  • Studies the impact of liberal morality on the evolutionary fitness of social groups, concluding that such a morality has a detrimental impact
  • Develops an evolutionary political theory of preference satisfaction that operates in the tradition of scientific realism and that constitutes a more accurate explanation of public choice
  • Asserts that both liberal democracy and markets have a high potential in terms of maximising the satisfaction of individual preferences
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This book assesses the evolutionary sustainability of liberalism. The book’s central claim is that liberal institutions ultimately weaken their social groups in the evolutionary process of inter-group competition. In this sense, institutions relying on the liberal satisfaction of preferences reveal maladaptive tendencies. Based on the model of multilevel selection, this work appraises the capacity of liberal democracy and free markets to satisfy preferences. In particular, the book re-evaluates public choice theory’s classic postulate that free markets are a suitable alternative to the shortcomings of western liberal democracies regarding preference satisfaction. Yet, the book concludes that free markets are not a solution to the problems of liberal democracy because both market and democratic liberal institutions rest on the liberal satisfaction of preferences, an ethic which hurts group evolutionary fitness. This volume is of interest to political theorists, evolutionary ethicists, political economists and to general readers interested in the future of liberalism.

About the authors

Filipe Nobre Faria is Researcher and Lecturer in Political Philosophy and Ethics at the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. He earned his PhD in Political Theory (2016) from King’s College London and his Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2011) from the University of East Anglia. His main research interest lies in applying the insights of the biological sciences to issues in social and political philosophy.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolutionary Limits of Liberalism
Book Subtitle
Democratic Problems, Market Solutions and the Ethics of Preference Satisfaction
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31496-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31496-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31495-8
Series ISSN
2662-6470
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 239
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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