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The Idea of Progress: An Inquiry Into Its Origin and Growth

by J. B. Bury

"We may believe in the doctrine of Progress or we may not, but in either case it is a matter of interest to examine the origins and trace the history of what is now, even should it ultimately prove to be no...


After The Open Society: Selected Social and Political Writings

by Karl Popper, Piers Norris Turner & Jeremy Shearmur

In this long-awaited volume, Jeremy Shearmur and Piers Norris Turner bring to light Popper's most important unpublished and uncollected writings from the time of The Open Society until his death in 1994.

After...


The Power of Tolerance: A Debate

by Wendy Brown, Rainer Forst & Luca Di Blasi

We invoke the ideal of tolerance in response to conflict, but what does it mean to answer conflict with a call for tolerance? Is tolerance a way of resolving conflicts or a means of sustaining them? Does it...


Freedom's Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life

by Axel Honneth

Theories of justice often fixate on purely normative, abstract principles unrelated to real-world situations. The philosopher and theorist Axel Honneth addresses this disconnect, and constructs a theory of justice...


Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary

by Chiara Bottici

Between the radical, creative capacity of our imagination and the social imaginary we are immersed in is an intermediate space philosophers have termed the imaginal, populated by images or (re)presentations...


Freedom and Its Betrayal: Six Enemies of Human Liberty

by Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy & Enrique Krause

These celebrated lectures constitute one of Isaiah Berlin’s most concise, accessible, and convincing presentations of his views on human freedom—views that later found expression in such famous works as...


Personal Impressions: Third Edition

by Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy & Hermione Lee

In this collection of remarkable biographical portraits, the great essayist and intellectual historian Isaiah Berlin brings to life a wide range of prominent twentieth-century thinkers, politicians, and writers....


Two Treatises of Government

by John Locke

John Locke (1632–1704) is among the most influential political philosophers of the modern period. In the Two Treatises of Government, he defended the claim that men are by nature free and equal against claims...


The Political Philosophy of Judith Butler

by Birgit Schippers

Judith Butler can justifiably be described as one of the major critical thinkers of our time. While she is best-known for her interventions into feminist debates on gender, sexuality and feminist politics, her...


How Do You Know?: The Economics of Ordinary Knowledge

by Russell Hardin

How do ordinary people come to know or believe what they do? We need an account of this process to help explain why people act as they do. You might think I am acting irrationally--against my interest or my...


Practice, Judgment, and the Challenge of Moral and Political Disagreement: A Pragmatist Account

by Roberto Frega

The book offers an account of moral and political disagreement, explaining its nature and showing how we should deal with it. It shows how a pragmatist account will help us dealing with the most challenging...


The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It

by Amy Gutmann & Dennis Frank Thompson

To govern in a democracy, political leaders have to compromise. When they do not, the result is political paralysis—dramatically demonstrated by the gridlock in Congress in recent years. In The Spirit of Compromise...


Death Penalty Cases: Leading U.S. Supreme Court Cases on Capital Punishment

by Barry Latzer & David McCord

Death Penalty Cases presents significant verbatim excerpts of death-penalty decisions from the United States Supreme Court. The first chapter introduces the topics discussed throughout the book. It also includes...


Gramsci, Materialism, and Philosophy

by Esteve Morera

Western critical theory, Marxism included, has largely been based on a view of historical materialism that Gramsci, among others, developed in his prison notebooks.  For many, Gramsci's philosophical reflections...


Moral Imagination: Essays

by David Bromwich

Spanning many historical and literary contexts, Moral Imagination brings together recent essays by one of America's leading cultural critics. David Bromwich explores the importance of imagination and sympathy...


Distributive Justice

by Michael Allingham

This book presents a critical appraisal of the main theories of distributive justice. It develops the view that all such theories, or at least all liberal theories, may be seen as expressions of laissez-faire...


Fifty Major Political Thinkers

by Ian Adams & R.W. Dyson

Fifty Major Political Thinkers introduces the lives and ideas of some of the most influential figures in Western political thought, from ancient Greece to the present day. The entries provide a fascinating introduction...


A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life

by Ward Blanton

Nietzsche and Freud saw Christianity as metaphysical escapism, with Nietzsche calling the religion a “Platonism for the masses” and faulting Paul the apostle for negating more immanent, material modes of...


Politicized Physics in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy: Essays on Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, and Spinoza

by Robert J. Roecklein

This book examines the role that natural philosophy (that is, doctrines of physics) plays in the emergence of Early Modern political thought. Robert J. Roecklein argues that the natural philosophy of Early Modernity,...


Pluralism: The Philosophy and Politics of Diversity

by Maria Baghramian & Attracta Ingram

Cultural, moral and religious diversity is a pervasive feature of modern life, yet has only recently become the focus of intellectual debate. Pluralism is the first book to tackle philosophical pluralism and...