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The Meaning of the War: Life & Matter in Conflict

by Henri Bergson

The events leading up to the outbreak of World War I galvanized early-twentieth-century thinkers and intellectuals, prompting many to revisit the political and philosophical causes and implications of armed...


The Psychology of Revolution

by Gustave Le Bon

Often, revolts and uprisings are regarded as being solely the results of a perfect storm of geopolitical, societal, and economic factors. But as French sociologist Gustave Le Bon astutely points out in The Psychology...


Elements of Morals: With Special Application of the Moral Law to the Duties of the Individual and of Society and the State

by Paul Janet & C. R. Corson

Drawing on a number of influential forbears, including Kant and Hegel, French philosopher Paul Janet spun a unique synthesis in his ethical system. Generally regarded as his masterwork, Elements of Morals sets...


Sophisms of the Protectionists

by Frederic Bastiat & Horace White

The economic debate over free trade versus protectionism is as relevant today as it was in the mid-nineteenth century, when the scathing takedown Sophisms of the Protectionists was first published. French economist...


The Case for India

by Annie Besant

A progressive thinker and activist who advocated for women's rights and freedom of religion, Annie Besant's fate was forever altered when she took a trip to India in the late 1890s. Though the journey was intended...


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

by Mary Wollstonecraft & Eileen Hunt Botting

Mary Wollstonecraft's visionary treatise, originally published in 1792, was the first book to present women's rights as an issue of universal human rights. Ideal for coursework and classroom study, this comprehensive...


Apples from the Desert: Selected Stories

by Savyon Liebrecht & Grace Paley

Savyon Liebrecht’s intense, lyrical, and emotionally complex stories have made her a best-selling writer in her native Israel. Apples From the Desert brings together Liebrecht’s most vivid and affecting...


Radical History and the Politics of Art

by Gabriel Rockhill

Gabriel Rockhill opens new space for rethinking the relationship between art and politics. Rather than understanding the two spheres as separated by an insurmountable divide or linked by a privileged bridge,...


Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age

by Russell Jacoby

-- Amos Elon, author, The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933


Radical Future Pasts: Untimely Political Theory

by Romand Coles, Mark Reinhardt & George Shulman

Written by both well-established and rising scholars, Radical Future Pasts seeks to open up new possibilities for theoretical inquiries and engagements with practical political struggles. Unlike conventional...


On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy

by G. A. Cohen & Michael Otsuka

G. A. Cohen was one of the most gifted, influential, and progressive voices in contemporary political philosophy. At the time of his death in 2009, he had plans to bring together a number of his most significant...


Unnatural States: The International System and the Power to Change

by Peter Ian Lomas

Unnatural States is a radical critique of international theory, in particular, of the assumption of state agency—that states act in the world in their own right. Peter Lomas argues that since the universal...


Democracy in Contemporary Confucian Philosophy

by David Elstein

This book examines democracy in recent Chinese-language philosophical work. It focuses on Confucian-inspired political thought in the Chinese intellectual world from after the communist revolution in China until...


The Right to Ignore the State

by Herbert Spencer

Do citizens have the right to act as if the government does not exist? That's the controversial question that British philosopher Herbert Spencer takes on in the thought-provoking essay "The Right to Ignore...


Protection and Communism

by Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat was an influential French thinker, economist and politician whose work has had lasting influence in a number of fields. In this volume, Bastiat takes on the issue of the proper role of the government...


Marriage in Free Society

by Edward Carpenter

British philosopher and activist Edward Carpenter was decades ahead of his time when it came to sensitive subjects like gender relations, equal rights, and acceptance of a broad range of sexual proclivities....


Never Again!: A Protest and a Warning Addressed to the Peoples of Europe

by Edward Carpenter

In the aftermath of the devastation caused by World War I, British poet, thinker and activist Edward Carpenter penned this impassioned plea to the world, imploring readers to band together in resistance against...


How to Read Montaigne

by Terence Cave

These [How to Read] books let you encounter thinkers eyeball to eyeball by analysing passages from their work' Terry Eagleton, New Statesman


How to Read Machiavelli

by Maurizio Viroli

Niccolo Machiavelli is one of the most influential modern political thinkers. This work argues that, far from being a justifier of political immorality, Machiavaelli was concerned instead with the best way to...


Intellectuals in Politics in the Greek World (Routledge Revivals): From Early Times to the Hellenistic Age

by Frank Vatai

Intellectuals in Politics in the Greek World, first published in 1984, was the first comprehensive study of this recurrent theme in political sociology with specific reference to antiquity, and led to significant...