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Michael A. Weinstein: Action, Contemplation, Vitalism

Michael A. Weinstein: Action, Contemplation, Vitalism

1st Edition

Robert L. Oprisko, Diane Rubenstein
November 18, 2016

This book is a major reassessment of Michael Weinstein’s political philosophy. It situates his singular contribution, designated as "critical vitalism," in the context of both canonical American and contemporary continental theory. Weinstein is presented as a philosopher of life and as an American...

Political Pluralism and the State: Beyond Sovereignty

Political Pluralism and the State: Beyond Sovereignty

1st Edition

Marcel Wissenburg
July 18, 2016

The concept of a sovereign nation-state is a central part in many of the debates discussing the salient issues in political science today. Yet the debate on the state is fragmented and while the sub-disciplines within political science address the various possible consequences of different...

The Political Philosophy of Judith Butler

The Political Philosophy of Judith Butler

1st Edition

Birgit Schippers
May 31, 2016

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 focus in recent years has broadened to encompass some of the most pertinent topics of...

Civil Society and Democratic Theory: Alternative Voices

Civil Society and Democratic Theory: Alternative Voices

1st Edition

Gideon Baker
April 24, 2016

This book introduces radically alternative models of civil society that have been developed outside the liberal democratic frame of reference, models which suggest that civil society does offer new and non-statist democratic possibilities. Drawing on a wide range of civil society theory-practice...

Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory

Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory

1st Edition

Eric Lee Goodfield
April 24, 2016

For over one hundred and fifty years G.W.F. Hegel’s ghost has haunted theoretical understanding and practice.  His opponents first, and later his defenders, have equally defined their programs against and with his.  In this way Hegel’s political thought has both situated and displaced modern...

Time, Memory, and the Politics of Contingency

Time, Memory, and the Politics of Contingency

1st Edition

Smita A. Rahman
April 21, 2016

In recent years, there has been an increased attention to temporality in political theory, and such attention is sorely needed. For too long political theory, with the exception of occasional phenomenological forays, has remained grounded in a particular experience of time as linear and sequential....

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

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

1st Edition

Matthew H. Bowker
December 01, 2015

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 possible to understand absurdity not as a feature of events, but as a psychological posture...

Kantian Theory and Human Rights

Kantian Theory and Human Rights

1st Edition

Andreas Follesdal, Reidar Maliks
December 01, 2015

Human rights and the courts and tribunals that protect them are increasingly part of our moral, legal, and political circumstances. The growing salience of human rights has recently brought the question of their philosophical foundation to the foreground. Theorists of human rights often assume that...

Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy

Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy

1st Edition

William Smith
September 29, 2015

Civil disobedience is a public, nonviolent, conscientious yet political act, contrary to law, carried out to communicate opposition to law and policy of government. This book presents a theory of civil disobedience that draws on ideas associated with deliberative democracy. This book explores the...

Untangling Heroism: Classical Philosophy and the Concept of the Hero

Untangling Heroism: Classical Philosophy and the Concept of the Hero

1st Edition

Ari Kohen
August 19, 2015

The idea of heroism has become thoroughly muddled today. In contemporary society, any behavior that seems distinctly difficult or unusually impressive is classified as heroic: everyone from firefighters to foster fathers to freedom fighters are our heroes. But what motivates these people to act...

Post-Ecologist Politics: Social Theory and the Abdication of the Ecologist Paradigm

Post-Ecologist Politics: Social Theory and the Abdication of the Ecologist Paradigm

1st Edition

Ingolfur Blühdorn
August 11, 2015

Since the late 1980s, ecological thought and the European eco-movement have gone through a phase of fundamental transformation which has been widely acknowledged but not yet theorised in any satisfactory way. This important text questions why radical ecological criticism has had so little impact on...

Democracy and National Pluralism

Democracy and National Pluralism

1st Edition

Ferran Requejo
July 20, 2015

How can democracies deal with plurality? This book looks at the political accommodation of national plurality in liberal democracies and in the European Union at the turn of the century. Its panel of international authorities examines this issue from a variety of perspectives, considering...

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