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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...


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...


Between Past and Future

by Hannah Arendt & Jerome Kohn

Arendt describes the loss of meaning of the traditional key words of politics: justice, reason, responsibility, virtue, glory. Through a series of eight exercises, she shows how we can redistill once more the...


On Revolution

by Hannah Arendt & Jonathan Schell

Hannah Arendt's penetrating observations on the modern world have been fundamental to our understanding of our political landscape, both its history and its future. Published in the years between Arendt's seminal...


On The Reproduction Of Capitalism: Ideology And Ideological State Apparatuses

by Louis Althusser & Etienne Balibar

Louis Althusser’s renowned short text ‘Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses’ radically transformed the concept of the subject, the understanding of the state and even the very frameworks of cultural,...


The Productive Body

by François Guéry. Didier Deleule

What can a body do under capitalism? Ground-making explanation that links Marx to Foucault.


Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West

by Agata Pyzik

How the East stayed East and the West stayed West.


Cornelius Castoriadis: Key Concepts

by Suzi Adams

Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997) was a Greek-French thinker best known for his work on 'autonomy' and 'human creation'. He was a political activist, psychoanalyst, philosopher, political and social thinker...


Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre

by Jonathan Israel

Historians of the French Revolution used to take for granted what was also obvious to its contemporary observers—that the Revolution was caused by the radical ideas of the Enlightenment. Yet in recent decades...


Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries: Locating Utopian Messianism

by Ivan Boldyrev

Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries is a much needed concise yet comprehensive overview of Ernst Bloch's early and later thought. It fills an important gap in research on the history of German thought in the...


A World without Why

by Raymond Geuss

Wishful thinking is a deeply ingrained human trait that has had a long-term distorting effect on ethical thinking. Many influential ethical views depend on the optimistic assumption that, despite appearances...


Autonomy

by Andrew Sneddon

Philosophers have various reasons to be interested in individual autonomy. Individual self-rule is widely recognized to be important. But what, exactly, is autonomy? In what ways is it important? And just how...


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 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...