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History and Utopia

by E. M. Cioran, Richard Howard & Eugene Thacker

“Only a monster can allow himself the luxury of seeing things as they are,” writes E. M. Cioran, the Romanian-born philosopher who has rightly been compared to Samuel Beckett.

In History and Utopia, Cioran...


Government Paternalism: Nanny State or Helpful Friend?

by Julian Le Grand & Bill New

Should governments save people from themselves? Do governments have the right to influence citizens’ behavior related to smoking tobacco, eating too much, not saving enough, drinking alcohol, or taking marijuana—or...


Rawls and Religion

by Tom Bailey & Valentina Gentile

John Rawls’s influential theory of justice and public reason has often been thought to exclude religion from politics, out of fear of its illiberal and destabilizing potentials. It has therefore been criticized...


Hegel, Freud and Fanon: The Dialectic of Emancipation

by Stefan Bird-Pollan

An examination of Hegel and Freud as the twin influences on the work of Frantz Fanon, culminating in a new theory of emancipation.


Radical Secularization?: An Inquiry into the Religious Roots of Secular Culture

by Stijn Latré, Walter Van Herck & Guido Vanheeswijck

What does it mean for a society to be secular? Answering this question from a philosophical angle, Radical Secularization? delves into the philosophical presuppositions of secularization. Which cultural evolutions...


Pyropolitics: When the World is Ablaze

by Michael Marder

A highly original theory of the political, the book explores the literal and metaphorical flare-ups in political theology, revolutionary thought, radical protests, and global energy production.


The Legendary Past: Michael Oakeshott on Imagination and Political Identity

by Natalie Riendeau

The book explores Oakeshott's thought on the key role human imagination plays in relation to the political. It addresses four main themes: imagination, foundational narratives, the question of political societies'...


The Tyranny of the Moderns

by Nadia Urbinati & Martin Thom

In a well-reasoned and thought-provoking polemic, respected political theorist Nadia Urbinati explores a profound shift in the ideology of individualism, from the ethical nineteenth-century standard, in which...


Global Ethics and Global Common Goods

by Patrick Riordan

Patrick Riordan takes a different approach to the questions of global ethics by following the direction of questioning initially pioneered by Aristotle; for him the most basic question of ethics is 'what is...


Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World: The Politics of Natural Rights

by Mark D. Friedman

Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia is widely recognized as one of the most influential works of modern political philosophy. Libertarian Philosophy in the Real World not only provides a concise and accessible...


Karl Korsch: Revolutionary Theory

by Karl Korsch & Douglas Kellner

There is growing interest in Europe and the United States in the work of the major German social-political philosopher Karl Korsch. Korsch participated in the turbulent struggles in Weimar Germany and while...


Selected Writings of Thomas Paine

by Thomas Paine, Jane E. Calvert & Ian Shapiro

A central figure in Western history and American political thought, Thomas Paine continues to provoke debate among politicians, activists, and scholars.  People of all ideological stripes are inspired by his...


The Future of Europe: Democracy, Legitimacy and Justice After the Euro Crisis

by Serge Champeau, Carlos Closa & Daniel INNERARITY

A major collection of essays by a multidisciplinary panel of experts exploring the various interpretations of the European crisis and the future of the European Union.


Social Inquiry After Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything as It Is

by John G. Gunnell

John G. Gunnell argues that a distinctive feature of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s work after 1930 was his turn to a conception of philosophy as a form of social inquiry and that Thomas Kuhn’s approach to the philosophy...


Positivism in Mexico

by Leopoldo Zea & Josephine H. Schulte

Positivism, not just an "ivory tower" philosophy, was a major force in the social, political, and educational life of Mexico during the last half of the nineteenth century. Once colonial conservatism had been...


On the Abolition of All Political Parties

by Simone Weil & Simon Leys

An NYRB Classics Original 

Simone Weil—philosopher, activist, mystic—is one of the most uncompromising of modern spiritual masters. In “On the Abolition of All Political Parties” she challenges the...


The Aporia of Rights: Explorations in Citizenship in the Era of Human Rights

by Anna Yeatman & Peg Birmingham

The Aporia of Rights is an exploration of the perplexities of human rights, and their inevitable and important intersection with the idea of citizenship. Written by political theorists and philosophers, essays...


Nietzsche and Napoleon: The Dionysian Conspiracy

by Don Dombowsky

This study demonstrates how Nietzsche's political thought is an outgrowth of his reflections on Napoleon Bonaparte's personality, political reign and method of governance.


Children: Rights and Childhood

by David Archard

Children: Rights and Childhood is widely regarded as the first book to offer a detailed philosophical examination of children's rights. David Archard provides a clear and accessible introduction to a topic that...


How to be a conservative

by Roger Scruton

What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism? How can we live in the presence of our 'canonized forefathers' at a time when their cultural, religious and political bequest is...