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Class, States and International Relations: A critical appraisal of Robert Cox and neo-Gramscian theory

Class, States and International Relations: A critical appraisal of Robert Cox and neo-Gramscian theory

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Adrian Budd
July 18, 2015

This book provides an outline and a critique of neo-Gramscian international relations theory, from a Marxist perspective. Focusing on the pioneering work of Robert Cox, but also drawing on the wider neo-Gramscian literature, this book presents a comprehensive account of neo-Gramscian international...

Pliny’s Defense of Empire

Pliny’s Defense of Empire

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Thomas R. Laehn
July 16, 2015

Despite perennial interest in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History, the world’s first encyclopedia, as a record of the prodigious, the quotidian, and the useful in Rome in the first century AD, for centuries Pliny has been derided as little more than an inept compiler of facts and marvels...

Isaiah Berlin and the Politics of Freedom: ‘Two Concepts of Liberty’ 50 Years Later

Isaiah Berlin and the Politics of Freedom: ‘Two Concepts of Liberty’ 50 Years Later

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Bruce Baum, Robert Nichols
May 21, 2015

Since his death in 1997, Isaiah Berlin’s writings have generated continual interest among scholars and educated readers, especially in regard to his ideas about liberalism, value pluralism, and "positive" and "negative" liberty. Most books on Berlin have examined his general political theory, but...

Kant and International Relations Theory: Cosmopolitan Community-building

Kant and International Relations Theory: Cosmopolitan Community-building

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Dora Ion
April 27, 2015

This book challenges popular international relations theories that claim to be based on the political writings of Immanuel Kant, and sheds new light on the philosopher's perspective on peace.Through an analysis of Kant's philosophical work and political traditions of his time, as well as of...

Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State: National Cultural Autonomy Revisited

Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State: National Cultural Autonomy Revisited

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David J. Smith, John Hiden
April 27, 2015

This book explores a largely forgotten legacy of multicultural political thought and practice from within Eastern Europe and examines its relevance to post-Cold War debates on state and nationhood. Featuring a Preface by former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke, it weaves theory and practice to...

Sophocles and the Politics of Tragedy: Cities and Transcendence

Sophocles and the Politics of Tragedy: Cities and Transcendence

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Jonathan N. Badger
February 27, 2015

Sophocles and the Politics of Tragedy is an inquiry into a fundamental political problem made visible through the tragic poetry of Sophocles. In part I Badger offers a detailed exegesis of three plays: Ajax, Antigone, and Philoctetes. These plays share a common theme, illuminating a persistent...

Tensions of Modernity: Las Casas and His Legacy in the French Enlightenment

Tensions of Modernity: Las Casas and His Legacy in the French Enlightenment

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Daniel R. Brunstetter
November 10, 2014

Politics today is marked by tension between claims of universal human rights and diversity. From the war on terror to immigration, one of the major challenges facing liberalism is to understand the scope of equality in a world in which certain peoples are perceived to reject and/or violently resist...

Critical Theory and Democracy: Civil Society, Dictatorship, and Constitutionalism in Andrew Arato’s Democratic Theory

Critical Theory and Democracy: Civil Society, Dictatorship, and Constitutionalism in Andrew Arato’s Democratic Theory

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Enrique Peruzzotti, Martin Plot
September 12, 2014

This book focuses on Andrew Arato’s democratic theory and its relevance to contemporary issues such as processes of democratization, civil society, constitution-making, and the modern Executive. Andrew Arato is -both globally and disciplinarily- a prominent thinker in the fields of democratic...

Honor: A Phenomenology

Honor: A Phenomenology

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Robert L. Oprisko
September 11, 2014

Honor is misunderstood in the social sciences. The literature lacks both accuracy and precision in its conceptual development such that we no longer say what we mean because we have no idea what we’re saying. We use many terms to mean honor and mean many different ideas when we refer to honor....

Gramsci and Contemporary Politics: Beyond Pessimism of the Intellect

Gramsci and Contemporary Politics: Beyond Pessimism of the Intellect

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Anne Showstack Sassoon
March 10, 2014

Can politics now be both radical and realistic? Gramsci and Contemporary Politics is a collection of Anne Showstack Sassoon's writing which spans the major transitions from Thatcher and Reagan to Clinton and Blair; the collapse of communism to the regeneration of social democracy. Applying original...

Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism

Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism

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Mark Devenney
January 17, 2014

In addressing the political and theoretical debates between critical and post-Marxist theorists, this book discusses the politics of communication and rationality, subjectivity, sovereignty, ethics and deliberative democracy, considering questions such as:* Does the theory of communicative action...

A Radical Green Political Theory

A Radical Green Political Theory

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Alan Carter
December 16, 2013

This volume is the first systematic, comprehensive and cogent environmental political philosophy. It exposes the relationships between the ever-worsening environmental crises, the nature of prevailing economic structures and the role of the modern state and concludes that the combination of these...

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