Reappraising Political Theory: Revisionist Studies in the History of Political Thought

By Terence Ball

During this energetic and pleasing publication, Terence Ball keeps that 'classic' works in political thought proceed to talk to us provided that they're periodically re-read and reinterpreted from substitute views. That, the writer contends, is how those works grew to become classics, and why they're considered as such. Ball indicates a manner of studying that's either 'pluralist' and 'problem-driven'--pluralist in that there's nobody correct method to learn a textual content, and problem-driven in that the reinterpretation is stimulated by means of difficulties that emerge whereas analyzing those texts. furthermore, the following readings and interpretations develop into increasingly more suffused with the interpretations of others. This travel de strength, constantly enjoyable and eclectic, makes a speciality of the center difficulties surrounding the various significant thinkers. used to be Machiavelli rather amoral? Why did language topic loads to Hobbes--and why should still it subject to us? Are the roots of the totalitarian kingdom to be present in Rousseau? have been the utilitarians sexist of their view of the franchise? The author's goal is to teach how a pluralist and problem-centered technique can shed new mild on previous and up to date works in political concept, and at the controversies that proceed over their that means and importance. Written in a full of life and obtainable kind, the booklet will galvanize debate between scholars and students alike.

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Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory)

By Rahel Jaeggi

The Hegelian-Marxist thought of alienation fell out of fashion after the postmetaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist perspectives of human nature. during this e-book Rahel Jaeggi attracts at the Hegelian philosophical culture, phenomenological analyses grounded in sleek conceptions of service provider, and up to date paintings within the analytical culture to reconceive alienation because the absence of a significant dating to oneself and others, which manifests in emotions of helplessness and the despondent recognition of ossified social roles and expectations.

A revived method of alienation is helping serious social idea have interaction with phenomena resembling meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. by way of severing alienation's hyperlink to a troublesome belief of human essence whereas protecting its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi offers assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected trouble in modern liberal political philosophy. Her paintings revisits the arguments of Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, putting them in discussion with Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, and Charles Taylor.

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Erotism: Death and Sensuality

By Georges Bataille, Mary Dalwood

Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, demise and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues those subject matters with an unique, frequently startling viewpoint. He demanding situations any unmarried discourse at the erotic. The scope of his inquiry levels from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and the themes he covers comprise prostitution, legendary ecstasy, cruelty, and arranged battle. Investigating wish sooner than and lengthening past the world of sexuality, he argues that eroticism is "a mental quest now not alien to death.

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Classics of Moral and Political Theory

The 5th variation of Michael L. Morgan's Classics of ethical and Political Theory broadens the scope and raises the flexibility of this landmark anthology by means of delivering new decisions from Aristotle's Politics, Aquinas' Disputed questions about Virtue and Treatise on Law, in addition to the whole thing of Locke's Letter bearing on Toleration, Kant's To Perpetual Peace, and Nietzsche's On the virtue and drawback of heritage for Life.

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Marx, the Young Hegelians, and the Origins of Radical Social Theory: Dethroning the Self (Modern European Philosophy)

By Warren Breckman

This can be the 1st significant examine of Marx and the younger Hegelians in 20 years. The e-book deals a brand new interpretation of Marx's early improvement, the political measurement of younger Hegelianism, and that movement's courting to political and highbrow currents in early nineteenth-century Germany. The ebook attracts jointly an account of significant figures corresponding to Feuerbach and Marx, with discussions of lesser-known yet major figures, in addition to such activities as French Saint-Simonianism and "Positive Philosophy." Wide-ranging in scope and artificial in procedure this is often a big ebook for historians of philosophy, theology, political idea and nineteenth-century principles.

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Blood: A Critique of Christianity (Religion, Culture, and Public Life)

By Gil Anidjar

Blood, based on Gil Anidjar, maps the singular background of Christianity. As a class for old research, blood may be visible via its literal and metaphorical makes use of as choosing, occasionally even defining Western tradition, politics, and social practices and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and law.

Engaging with a number of assets, Anidjar explores the presence and the absence, the making and unmaking of blood in philosophy and medication, legislations and literature, and fiscal and political inspiration from historical Greece to medieval Spain, from the Bible to Shakespeare and Melville. the superiority of blood within the social, juridical, and political association of the trendy West indications that we don't dwell in an earthly age into which faith may perhaps go back. Flowing throughout a number of barriers, infusing them with violent precepts that we needs to tackle, blood undoes the presumed oppositions among faith and politics, economic climate and theology, and kinship and race. It demonstrates that what we expect of as smooth is actually imbued with Christianity. Christianity, Blood fiercely argues, needs to be reconsidered past the limits of faith alone.

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Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government [Oxford Political Theory Series]

By Philip Pettit

This can be the 1st full-length presentation of a republican replacement to the liberal and communitarian theories that experience ruled political philosophy lately. the most recent addition to the acclaimed Oxford Political Theory sequence, Pettit's eloquent and compelling account opens with an exam of the normal republican notion of freedom as non-domination, contrasting this with proven detrimental and optimistic perspectives of liberty.

the 1st a part of the e-book lines the increase and decline of this belief, monitors its many points of interest, and makes a case for why it's going to nonetheless be considered as a principal political perfect. the second one a part of the booklet appears to be like at what the implementation of the fitting will require in regards to considerable policy-making, constitutional and democratic layout, regulatory regulate and the relation among country and civil society. fashionable during this account is a singular inspiration of democracy, lower than which executive is uncovered to systematic contestation, and a imaginative and prescient of state-societal kinfolk based upon civility and belief.

Pettit's strong and insightful new paintings bargains not just a unified, theoretical assessment of the various strands of republican principles, but additionally a brand new and complicated standpoint on stories in similar fields together with the heritage of principles, jurisprudence, and criminology.

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Antigone, Interrupted

Sophocles' Antigone is a touchstone in democratic, feminist and felony conception, and doubtless the main commented upon play within the background of philosophy and political thought. Bonnie Honig's rereading of it for that reason consists of intervening in a number of literatures and unsettling a lot of their governing assumptions. Exploring the facility of Antigone in a number of political, cultural, and theoretical settings, Honig identifies the 'Antigone-effect' - which strikes those that enlist Antigone for his or her politics from activism into lamentation. She argues that Antigone's personal lamentations could be visible not only as symptoms of dissidence yet quite as markers of a rival global view with its personal sovereignty and power. Honig argues that the play doesn't provide easily a version for resistance politics or 'equal dignity in death', yet a extra optimistic politics of counter-sovereignty and team spirit which emphasizes equality in lifestyles.

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Order and History (Volume 2): The World of the Polis (Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Volume 15) (v. 2)

By Eric Voegelin

This moment quantity of Voegelin's magisterial Order and historical past, the realm of the Polis, explores the traditional Greek symbolization of human fact. Taking us from the origins of Greek tradition within the Pre-Homeric Cretan civilizations, throughout the Iliad and Odyssey, Hesiod, and the increase of philosophy with the Pre-Socratics Parmenides and Heraclitus, this masterful paintings concludes with the historians of the classical period.

In The global of the Polis, Voegelin strains the emergence of the sorts of the city-state and of philosophy from the traditional symbolism of fable. He continues that the bounds and supreme targets of human nature are consistent and that the primary challenge of each society is the same—"to create an order that might endow the actual fact of its lifestyles with that means by way of ends divine and human." therefore, Voegelin indicates how "the that means of lifestyles" accomplished concrete expression within the standard political, social, and non secular associations of Greece and within the productions of its poets and thinkers. He offers with greater than fifty Greek writers during his research of the increase of fantasy and its illustration of the divine order of the cosmos because the first nice symbolic kind of order, one later supplanted via the jump in being mirrored within the emergence of philosophy.

The ebook is a journey de strength, a virtuoso functionality by means of a pupil and thinker of significant energy, studying, and mind's eye that locations its material in a brand new gentle. The editor's severe creation locations The global of the Polis within the broader context of Voegelin's philosophy of historical past. students and scholars of political technology, philosophy, and the background of rules will locate this paintings invaluable.

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