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The Problem of Value Pluralism: Isaiah Berlin and Beyond

The Problem of Value Pluralism: Isaiah Berlin and Beyond

1st Edition

Forthcoming

George Crowder
December 03, 2019

Value pluralism is the idea, most prominently endorsed by Isaiah Berlin, that fundamental human values are universal, plural, conflicting, and incommensurable with one another. Incommensurability is the key component of pluralism, undermining familiar monist philosophies such as utilitarianism. But...

Rethinking Positive and Negative Liberty

Rethinking Positive and Negative Liberty

1st Edition

Maria Dimova-Cookson
September 18, 2019

This book argues that the distinction between positive and negative freedom remains highly pertinent today, despite having fallen out of fashion in the late twentieth century. It proposes a new reading of this distinction for the twenty-first century, building on the work of Constant, Green and...

Hugo Grotius and the Modern Theology of Freedom: Transcending Natural Rights

Hugo Grotius and the Modern Theology of Freedom: Transcending Natural Rights

1st Edition

Jeremy Seth Geddert
September 27, 2018

Human rights are thought to guarantee pluralism by protecting individual liberty from imposed religious conceptions of virtue. Yet critics often argue that this secular focus on merely avoiding violations can also enable unfettered individualism and undermine appeals to the common good. This book...

Reconstructing Nonviolence: A New Theory and Practice for a Post-Secular Society

Reconstructing Nonviolence: A New Theory and Practice for a Post-Secular Society

1st Edition

Roberto Baldoli
September 12, 2018

Nonviolent methods of action have been a powerful tool since the early twentieth century for social protest and revolutionary social and political change, and there is diffuse awareness that nonviolence is an efficient spontaneous choice of movements, individuals and whole nations. Yet from a...

Rethinking Utopia: Place, Power, Affect

Rethinking Utopia: Place, Power, Affect

1st Edition

David M. Bell
August 14, 2018

Over five hundred years since it was named, utopia remains a vital concept for understanding and challenging the world(s) we inhabit, even in – or rather because of – the condition of ‘post-utopianism’ that supposedly permeates them. In Rethinking Utopia David M. Bell offers a diagnosis of the...

Equality Renewed: Justice, Flourishing and the Egalitarian Ideal

Equality Renewed: Justice, Flourishing and the Egalitarian Ideal

1st Edition

Christine Sypnowich
July 27, 2018

How should we approach the daunting task of renewing the ideal of equality? In this book, Christine Sypnowich proposes a theory of equality centred on human flourishing or wellbeing. She argues that egalitarianism should be understood as seeking to make people more equal in the constituents of a...

Post-Fukushima Activism: Politics and Knowledge in the Age of Precarity

Post-Fukushima Activism: Politics and Knowledge in the Age of Precarity

1st Edition

Azumi Tamura
June 05, 2018

Political disillusionment is widespread in contemporary society. In Japan, the search for the ‘outside’ of a stagnant reality sometimes leads marginalised young people to a disastrous image of social change. The Fukushima nuclear disaster was the realisation of such an image, triggering the largest...

Claus Offe and the Critical Theory of the Capitalist State

Claus Offe and the Critical Theory of the Capitalist State

1st Edition

Jens Borchert, Stephan Lessenich
May 09, 2018

Back in 1972, German political sociologist Claus Offe published a book on the Structural Problems of Late Capitalism which, for almost two decades, inspired and stimulated an international and transdisciplinary debate on the role of the state in contemporary capitalism. An academic debate which,...

Aesthetics and Political Culture in Modern Society

Aesthetics and Political Culture in Modern Society

1st Edition

Henrik Kaare Nielsen
March 22, 2018

Do aesthetic appeals to senses and emotions in political debate necessarily marginalise political reason and reduce citizens to consumers – thus dangerously undermining democracy? Or is sensuous-emotional engagement, on the contrary, a basic fact of the political process and a crucial precondition...

Post-Politics in Context

Post-Politics in Context

1st Edition

Ali Riza Taskale
March 07, 2018

As disciplines, Politics and International Relations remain dominated by ideas drawn from traditions of liberal internationalism and political realism in which political imagination is preoccupied with command and order, rather than with disruption and emancipation. Yet, they have failed to offer...

The Temporality of Political Obligation

The Temporality of Political Obligation

1st Edition

Justin C. Mueller
January 24, 2018

The Temporality of Political Obligation offers a critique and reconceptualization of the ways in which our political obligations – what we owe to political authorities and communities, and the reasons why we ought to obey their rules – have been traditionally conceptualized, justified, and...

Dignity and Human Rights: Language Philosophy and Social Realizations

Dignity and Human Rights: Language Philosophy and Social Realizations

1st Edition

Stephan P. Leher
January 16, 2018

Is it impossible to assess dignity, which is the faculty or agency of autonomy and equality of rights under the current rule of law, when we are met by global challenges like climate change, financial crisis, food crisis, natural disasters, inequality, violent conflicts and trade disputes? Drawing...

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