August 2011, Polity
2. Pluralism and Pessimism
3. Reconciliation and Public Reason
4. Pluralism : Reconciliation and Disagreement
Political Studies Review
"Written in an engaging and accessible style, Peter Lassman's thoughtful and informed discussion of value pluralism does much to shed light on one of the most complex and practically pressing issues in political theory. The book will be invaluable for students, but specialists should also find it of considerable interest."
John Horton, Keele University
"Peter Lassman has taken a major step forward in our
understanding of contemporary political theory. He seeks in this
book to call pluralism into question, not to condemn it, but to
understand to what we are committing ourselves when we endorse
pluralism. The results are important for all of us: he shows that
consequent to the phenomenon of value pluralism as political
theorists we are necessarily both spectator and participant in the
politics of our times. One of the most insightful books about the
practice of political theory that I have read."
Tracy B. Strong, University of California San Diego
"With patience and care, Peter Lassman surveys the major
arguments about pluralism and value pluralism in modern political
theory. He is a sure-footed guide to the political dimensions of
the work of Isaiah Berlin, Stuart Hampshire, John Rawls and
Jürgen Habermas, but also adds his own voice, inspired by Max
Weber, to these important debates."
Duncan Kelly, University of Cambridge
"Peter Lassman's book is an excellent guide to an increasingly
important debate. It introduces several different thinkers'
approaches to pluralism and draws out the crucial implications that
those appraches have for broader theoretical debates. It is a work
that will inform and inspire students of political theory for a
very long time to come."
Marc Stears, University of Oxford