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The Republic

by Plato

Influential philosophical treatise of 4th century BC chiefly concerns the idea of justice, plus Platonic theories of ideas, criticism of poetry, philosopher's role. Source of the cave myth. Jowett translation....


Thomas Aquinas on Persuasion: Action, Ends, and Natural Rhetoric

by Jeffrey J. Maciejewski

Jeffrey J. Maciejewski’s Thomas Aquinas on Persuasion: Action, Ends, and Natural Rhetoric reveals why human nature is dependent on an internally constituted form of persuasive discourse to bring about human...


The Affirmative Action Debate

by Steven M. Cahn

Contributors: Steven M. Cahn, James W. Nickel, J. L. Cowan, Paul W. Taylor, Michael D. Bayles, William A. Nunn III, Alan H. Goldman, Paul Woodruff, Robert A. Shiver, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Robert Simon, George...


Cinema and Agamben: Ethics, Biopolitics and the Moving Image

by Henrik Gustafsson & Asbjorn Gronstad

Cinema and Agamben brings together a group of established scholars of film and visual culture to explore the nexus between the moving image and the influential work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Including...


Adorno and the Political

by Espen Hammer

Interest in Theodor W. Adorno continues to grow in the English-speaking world as the significance of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural theory, as well as aesthetics is increasingly recognized....


The Philosophy Of Marx

by Etienne Balibar & Chris Turner

Providing a lucid and accessible introduction to Marx, complete with pedagogical boxes, a chronology and guides to further reading, Etienne Balibar makes the most difficult areas of his philosophy easy to understand....


Hatred Of Democracy

by Jacques Rancière & Steve Corcoran

In this vehement defence of democracy, Jacques Rancière explodes the complacency of Western politicians who pride themselves as the defenders of political freedom. As America and its allies use their military...


Hegemony And Socialist Strategy: Towards A Radical Democratic Politics

by Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Mouffe

In this hugely influential book, Laclau and Mouffe examine the workings of hegemony and contemporary social struggles, and their significance for democratic theory. With the emergence of new social and political...


Representing Capital: A Reading Of Volume One

by Fredric Jameson

Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s magnum opus, is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx’s thought as if it were a musical score....


The Ego And His Own: The Case Of The Individual Against Authority

by Max Stirner

The Ego and His Own, the seminal defence of individualism, coloured the thinking of Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Ernst, Henrik Ibsen and Victor Serge, among many others, some of whom would vigorously deny any such...


Arguing about justice

by Paul-Marie Boulanger, Denis Clerc, Luc Van Campenhoudt & François Blais et al.

This book brings together fifty of today’s finest thinkers. They were asked to let their imaginations run free to advance new ideas on a wide range of social and political issues. They did so as friends, on...


Reconciling Community and Subjective Life: Trauma Testimony as Political Theorizing in the Work of Jean Am¿ry and Imre Kert¿sz

by Magdalena Zolkos

Examines issues of transitional justice and reconciliation from a critical, political theory perspective rarely applied in this area of study.


Politics of Happiness: Connecting the Philosophical Ideas of Hegel, Nietzsche and Derrida to the Political Ideologies of Happiness

by Ross Abbinnett

This unique and engaging study argues that the Western concern with achieving happiness should be understood in terms of its relationship to the political ideologies that have emerged since the Enlightenment....


Social and Legal Norms: Towards a Socio-legal Understanding of Normativity

by Matthias Baier

This book offers empirical and theoretical research in the field of social and legal norms and provides inspiration for future debate and research in terms of internationalization and cross-national comparative...


Reframing the Intercultural Dialogue on Human Rights: A Philosophical Approach: A Philosophical Approach

by Jeffrey Flynn

In this book, Flynn stresses the vital role of intercultural dialogue in developing a non-ethnocentric conception of human rights. He argues that Jürgen Habermas's discourse theory provides both the best framework...


Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History

by Lee Harris

Forgetfulness occurs when those who have been long inured to civilized order can no longer remember a time in which they had to wonder whether their crops would grow to maturity without being stolen or their...


Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation

by Bill Martin

What role does ethics play in Marxism? Can ethical imperatives displace political economy at Marxism's core? In an age of rampant capitalism, can the vision of a free global society be kept alive? Bill Martin...


Subverting the Leviathan: Reading Thomas Hobbes as a Radical Democrat

by James Martel

In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes's landmark work on political philosophy, James Martel argues that although Hobbes pays lip service to the superior interpretive authority of the sovereign, he consistently subverts...


Democracy and the Political Unconscious

by Noelle McAfee

Political philosopher Noelle McAfee proposes a powerful new political theory for our post-9/11 world, in which an old pathology-the repetition compulsion-has manifested itself in a seemingly endless war on terror....


Political Philosophy: All That Matters

by Johanna Oksala

What is political philosophy? A philosophical study of political ideas such as authority, freedom, justice and democracy? An inquiry into the best form of government? An attempt to rationally justify forms of...