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General Will in Political Philosophy

by Janusz Grygienc

This book deals with the role and place of the general will in modern and contemporary political thought. This project is carried out at the crossroads of the history of ideas and political philosophy. It extensively...


Liquid Sociology: Metaphor in Zygmunt Bauman's Analysis of Modernity

by Mark Davis

Zygmunt Bauman’s ‘liquid sociology’ confronts the awesome task of reminding individual men and women that an alternative way of living together is within our eminent capabilities, if only we start to think...


Discourse, Identity and the Question of Turkish Accession to the EU: Through the Looking Glass

by Catherine MacMillan

Discourse, Identity and the Question of Turkish Accession to the EU: Through the Looking Glass provides an invaluable analysis of the issues of Turkish accession to the EU. The focus on elite discourse provides...


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

by Matthias Baier

In an era where new areas of life and new problems call for normative solutions while the plurality of values in society challenge the very basis for normative solutions, this book looks at a growing field of...


Reframing the Intercultural Dialogue on Human Rights: 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...


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....


On Compromise and Rotten Compromises

by Avis Margalit

When is political compromise acceptable--and when is it fundamentally rotten, something we should never accept, come what may? What if a rotten compromise is politically necessary? Compromise is a great political...


Partisan or Neutral?: The Futility of Public Political Theory

by Michael White

Partisan or Neutral? critically examines the Rawlsian ideal of a public, supposedly neutral, political theory meant to justify contemporary constitutional democracies. Placing this ideal-appealed to by neo-natural...


The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

by Michael Ignatieff

Must we fight terrorism with terror, match assassination with assassination, and torture with torture? Must we sacrifice civil liberty to protect public safety?

In the age of terrorism, the temptations of ruthlessness...


Agamben and Indifference: A Critical Overview

by William Watkin

The first truly comprehensive and fully up-to-date critical introduction to the philosophy of Giorgio Agamben for an interdisciplinary audience.


Giorgio Agamben: Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives

by Tom Frost

This book collects new contributions from an international group of leading scholars - including many who have worked closely with Agamben - to consider the impact of Agamben's thought on research in the humanities...


Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times

by Joseph Chan

Since the very beginning, Confucianism has been troubled by a serious gap between its political ideals and the reality of societal circumstances. Contemporary Confucians must develop a viable method of governance...


Rethinking the Politics of Absurdity: Albert Camus, Postmodernity, and the Survival of Innocence

by Matthew H. Bowker

What does it mean to describe something or someone as absurd? Why did absurd philosophy and literature become so popular amidst the violent conflicts and terrors of the mid- to late-twentieth century? Is it...


Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx: On Totalitarianism and the Tradition of Western Political Thought

by Tama Weisman

Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx examines Hannah Arendt’s unpublished writings on Marx as the unified project Arendt originally intended. This book traces and evaluates the development of Arendt’s thought on...


Law and the Public Sphere in Africa: La Palabre and Other Writings

by Jean Godefroy Bidima & Laura Hengehold

Jean Godefroy Bidima's La Palabre examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue and open exchange in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy. In the wake of...


Finding Ourselves at the Movies: Philosophy for a New Generation

by Paul W. Kahn

Academic philosophy may have lost its audience, but the traditional subjects of philosophy—love, death, justice, knowledge, and faith—remain as compelling as ever. To reach a new generation, Paul W. Kahn argues...


Engaging Agnes Heller: A Critical Companion

by Katie Terezakis, Richard J. Bernstein & Peter Beilharz

This collection examines the life and thought of Agnes Heller, who rose to international acclaim as a Marxist dissident in Eastern Europe. Heller went on to develop one of the most comprehensive oeuvres in contemporary...


Karl Jaspers: Politics and Metaphysics

by Dr Chris Thornhill & Chris Thornhill

This book sets out a new reading of the much-neglected philosophy of Karl Jaspers. By questioning the common perception of Jaspers either as a proponent of irrationalist cultural philosophy or as an early, peripheral...