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Gentlemen Revolutionaries

by Tom Cutterham

In the years between the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the Constitution, American gentlemen—the merchants, lawyers, planters, and landowners who comprised the independent republic's elite—worked...

America in Italy

by Axel Körner

America in Italy examines the influence of the American political experience on the imagination of Italian political thinkers between the late eighteenth century and the unification of Italy in the 1860s. Axel...

The Mystery of Evil

by Giorgio Agamben & Adam Kotsko

In 2013, Benedict XVI became only the second pope in the history of the Catholic Church to resign from office. In this brief but illuminating study, Giorgio Agamben argues that Benedict's gesture, far from being...

The Kingdom of God is Within You

by Leo Tolstoy

The Kingdom of God Is Within You is a non-fiction book written by Leo Tolstoy. A philosophical treatise, the book was first published in Germany in 1894 after being banned in his home country of Russia. It is...

Private Government

by Elizabeth Anderson

One in four American workers says their workplace is a "dictatorship." Yet that number probably would be even higher if we recognized most employers for what they are—private governments with sweeping authoritarian...

The Antinomies of Antonio Gramsci

by Perry Anderson

A major essay on the thought of the great Italian Marxist

Perry Anderson’s essay “The Antimonies of Antonio Gramsci,” first published in New Left Review in 1976, was an explosive analysis of the central...

THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL (The Political and the Religious Aspects - Devil's Role in the History of Civilization)

by Daniel Defoe

The Political History of the Devil is a philosophical and historical work in which Defoe explores the role of the Devil in the history of civilization. It may be said that his view on this topic is that of an...

Cities of Power: The Urban, The National, The Popular, The Global

by Göran Therborn

Why are cities centers of power? A sociological analysis of urban politics

In this brilliant, very original survey of the politics and meanings of urban landscapes, leading sociologist Göran Therborn offers...

The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony

by Perry Anderson

A fascinating history of the political theory of hegemony

Few terms are so widely used in the literature of international relations and political science, with so little agreement about their exact meaning, as...

The Happiness Philosophers

by Bart Schultz

In The Happiness Philosophers, Bart Schultz tells the colorful story of the lives and legacies of the founders of utilitarianism—one of the most influential yet misunderstood and maligned philosophies of the...


by Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651 (revised Latin edition 1668). Its name derives from the biblical Leviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate...

Lotman's Cultural Semiotics and the Political

by Andrey Makarychev & Alexandra Yatsyk

Yuri Lotman (1922-1993) was a prominent Russian intellectual and theorist. This book presents a new reading of his semiotic and philosophical legacy.

The authors analyse Lotman's semiotics in a series of temporal...

Emancipation Proclamation

by Abraham Lincoln

The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. It purported to change the federal legal status of more than 3 million...

Phenomena of Power

by Andreas Gottlich, Heinrich Popitz, Gianfranco Poggi & Jochen Dreher

In Phenomena of Power, the foundational theorist Heinrich Popitz treats power as an essential concept of the social sciences. Instead of striving for a power-free society, he argues, mankind should try to delimit...


by César Rendueles, Heather Cleary & Roberto Simanowski

The great ideological cliché of our time, César Rendueles argues in Sociophobia, is the idea that communication technologies can support positive social dynamics and improve economic and political conditions....

On Liberty and Its Enemies

by Timothy Fuller

This collection of nineteen of Kenneth Minogue's essays, written over a period of more than fifty years, celebrates the advent of modern liberty. They describe the conditions under which liberty and individuality...

Democratic Problem-Solving

by Justin Cruickshank & Raphael Sassower

To what extent is neoliberalism undermining democracy and distorting the values of science? Can and should science be treated as an exemplar for a more dialogic democracy? Are universities and public intellectuals...

Fragile Freedoms

by Steven Lecce, Neil McArthur & Arthur Schafer

This book is based upon a lecture series inaugurating the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights that took place in Winnipeg, Canada between September 2013 and May 2014. Fragile Freedoms brings together some of...

The Emergence of Globalism

by Or Rosenboim

During and after the Second World War, public intellectuals in Britain and the United States grappled with concerns about the future of democracy, the prospects of liberty, and the decline of the imperial system....

Pragmatism and Justice

by Susan Dieleman, David Rondel & Christopher Voparil

The essays in this volume answer to anxieties that the pragmatist tradition has had little to say about justice. While both the classical and neo-pragmatist traditions have produced a conspicuously small body...