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Rethinking Political and International Theory: Rethinking Political and International Theory


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Committed to show you in what ways traditional approaches in political and international theory may be applied to 21st century politics, this series will present inventive and pioneering theoretical work designed to build a common framework for the latest scholarly research on political theory and international relations. Intended to be international and interdisciplinary in scope, the series will contain works which advance our understanding of the relevance of seminal thinkers to our current socio-political context(s) as well as problematize and offer new insights into key political concepts and phenomena within the arena of politics and international relations.

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The Politics of Misrecognition

The Politics of Misrecognition

1st Edition

Simon Thompson, Majid Yar
June 10, 2019

The past several decades have seen the emergence of a vigorous ongoing debate about the 'politics of recognition'. The initial impetus was provided by the reflections of Charles Taylor and others about the rights to cultural recognition of historically marginalized groups in Western societies....

Human Dignity: Perspectives from a Critical Theory of Human Rights

Human Dignity: Perspectives from a Critical Theory of Human Rights

1st Edition

Amos Nascimento, Matthias Lutz Bachmann
June 19, 2018

Connecting three generations of critical theorists, this edited collection focuses on the mutual complementarity between the concept of "human dignity" and the theory and practice of human rights. Human dignity has recently emerged as a controversial theme in the philosophy of human rights and has...

Creativity and Limitation in Political Communities: Spinoza, Schmitt and Ordering

Creativity and Limitation in Political Communities: Spinoza, Schmitt and Ordering

1st Edition

Ignas Kalpokas
October 16, 2017

There is an inherent tension between popular and establishment powers in political communities. With anti-establishment sentiment on the rise across Western democracies, exploring the underpinnings of this dualism and rethinking theories of political life within states is of paramount importance....

The Concert of Civilizations: The Common Roots of Western and Islamic Constitutionalism

The Concert of Civilizations: The Common Roots of Western and Islamic Constitutionalism

1st Edition

Jeremy Kleidosty
June 16, 2017

Are Western and Islamic political and constitutional ideas truly predestined for civilizational clash? In order to understand this controversy The Concert of Civilizations begins by deriving and redefining a definition of constitutionalism that is suitable for comparative, cross-cultural analysis....

Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals: Essays on Critical Theory and Human Rights

Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals: Essays on Critical Theory and Human Rights

1st Edition

Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, Amos Nascimento
October 28, 2016

This book makes a significant contribution to the on-going international dialogue on the meaning of concepts such as human rights, humanity, and cosmopolitanism. The authors propose a new agenda for research into a Critical Theory of Human Rights. Each chapter pursues three goals: to reconstruct...

Knowing al-Qaeda: The Epistemology of Terrorism

Knowing al-Qaeda: The Epistemology of Terrorism

1st Edition

Christina Hellmich, Andreas Behnke
September 09, 2016

Despite a plethora of studies devoted to it, the current understanding of al-Qaeda and the threat it poses remains vague and ambiguous. Is al-Qaeda a rigidly structured organisation, a global network of semi-independent cells, a franchise, or simply an ideology? What role did Osama bin Laden play...

Real Green: Sustainability after the End of Nature

Real Green: Sustainability after the End of Nature

1st Edition

Manuel Arias-Maldonado
September 09, 2016

What would a sustainable society look like? How could it be achieved? By challenging conventional wisdom about the ecological crisis and reframing the traditional values of green politics "Real Green; Sustainability after the End of Nature" offers new answers to the key questions of the...

Rethinking Hobbes and Kant: The Role and Consequences of Assumption in Political Theory

Rethinking Hobbes and Kant: The Role and Consequences of Assumption in Political Theory

1st Edition

Chia-Yu Chou
August 02, 2016

Rethinking Hobbes and Kant argues that predominant approaches to the theoretical relationship between Hobbes and Kant have reached conclusions that were pre-digested in assumptions about the ‘isms’ which these two writers are propounding. Chou shows how these assumptions have inhibited commentators...

Virtue and Economy: Essays on Morality and Markets

Virtue and Economy: Essays on Morality and Markets

1st Edition

Andrius Bielskis, Kelvin Knight
May 28, 2015

Interest in Aristotelianism and in virtue ethics has been growing for half a century but as yet the strengths of the study of Aristotelian ethics in politics have not been matched in economics. This ground-breaking text fills that gap. Challenging the premises of neoclassical economic theory, the...

Revolutionary Subjectivity in Post-Marxist Thought: Laclau, Negri, Badiou

Revolutionary Subjectivity in Post-Marxist Thought: Laclau, Negri, Badiou

1st Edition

Oliver Harrison
October 10, 2014

Since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis the ideas of Karl Marx have once again become prominent in social and political thought. This book turns to Marx’s theory of revolutionary subjectivity as a means of assessing the work of three contemporary global theorists: Ernesto Laclau, Antonio...

Institutionalizing Agonistic Democracy: Post-Foundationalism and Political Liberalism

Institutionalizing Agonistic Democracy: Post-Foundationalism and Political Liberalism

1st Edition

Ed Wingenbach
September 21, 2011

The first book length study of agonism as a mature account of democratic politics, Institutionalizing Agonistic Democracy provides a lucid overview of agonistic democratic theories and demonstrates the viability of this approach for institutional politics. Situating agonistic democracy within and...

Power, Judgment and Political Evil: In Conversation with Hannah Arendt

Power, Judgment and Political Evil: In Conversation with Hannah Arendt

1st Edition

Danielle Celermajer, Andrew Schaap
April 09, 2010

In an interview with Günther Gaus for German television in 1964, Hannah Arendt insisted that she was not a philosopher but a political theorist. Disillusioned by the cooperation of German intellectuals with the Nazis, she said farewell to philosophy when she fled the country. This book examines...

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