A full understanding of philosophical ideas and debates cannot be reduced to a series of ideological positions, though we have found it impossible to discuss concepts like wellbeing, equality, etc. without political ideologies entering the picture (George & Wilding, 1994; George & Page, 1995; Taylor, 2007; Lister, 2010: ch. 2). This chapter assumes simply that an ideology offers a critique of existing society, a vision of a better one and a strategy for getting from here to there (Ball & Dagger, 1991; cf. Freeden, 1996: chs. 1–3). We begin on the Right and work our way Left (see Schumaker, 2008).
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