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Eric Voegelin’s Political Readings From the Ancient Greeks to Modern Times

Eric Voegelin’s Political Readings: From the Ancient Greeks to Modern Times

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Edited By Bernat Torres, Josep Monserrat Molas
July 23, 2021

Eric Voegelin’s Political Readings fills a critical void by providing a original approach to studying the work of Eric Voegelin, one of the major political philosophers of the twenty first century. Across six chapters a group of experts guide the reader from classical to modern times presenting six...

Love and Politics Persistent Human Desires as a Foundation for Liberation

Love and Politics: Persistent Human Desires as a Foundation for Liberation

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By Jeffery L. Nicholas
June 29, 2021

In, Love and Politics Jeffery L. Nicholas argues that Eros is the final rejection of an alienated life, in which humans are prevented from developing their human powers; Eros, in contrast, is an overflowing of acting into new realities and new beauties, a world in which human beings extend their ...

Liberal Progressivism Politics and Class in the Age of Neoliberalism and Climate Change

Liberal Progressivism: Politics and Class in the Age of Neoliberalism and Climate Change

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By Gordon Hak
May 21, 2021

In Liberal Progressivism, Gordon Hak makes the case for the value of theory and philosophy in understanding the day-to-day political realm of elections, politicians, scandals, fund-raising, and law-making. Running through the book is the big question of how political attitudes and actions are ...

The Legitimacy of Modern Democracy A Study on the Political Thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Hans Kelsen

The Legitimacy of Modern Democracy: A Study on the Political Thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Hans Kelsen

1st Edition

By Pedro T. Magalhães
December 31, 2020

By re-examining the political thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Hans Kelsen, this book offers a reflection on the nature of modern democracy and the question of its legitimacy. Pedro T. Magalhães shows that present-day elitist, populist and pluralist accounts of democracy owe, in diverse and ...

Legislative Deliberative Democracy Debating Acts Restricting Freedom of Speech during War

Legislative Deliberative Democracy: Debating Acts Restricting Freedom of Speech during War

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By Avichai Levit
November 13, 2020

Freedom of speech is a basic right in a democracy. During war, however, national legislatures tend to enact laws that restrict this basic right. Under what circumstances can such laws be democratically legitimate? Avichai Levit argues that the degree of democratic legitimacy of laws that restrict ...

Democracy, the Courts, and the Liberal State A Comparative Analysis of American and German Constitutionalism

Democracy, the Courts, and the Liberal State: A Comparative Analysis of American and German Constitutionalism

1st Edition

By David Miles
October 27, 2020

Reformulating a problem of both constitutionalism and liberalism discussed in the works of Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Hannah Arendt, and Alexis de Tocqueville, the book examines one generally overlooked manifestation of constitutionalism: the role of the courts in shaping democratic politics and ...

On Biopolitics An Inquiry into Nature and Language

On Biopolitics: An Inquiry into Nature and Language

1st Edition

By Marco Piasentier
July 08, 2020

In On Biopolitics, Marco Piasentier discusses one of the most persistent questions in biopolitical theory – the divide between nature and language – and attempts to redraw the conceptual map which has traditionally defined the permissible paths to address this question. Taking his cue from Foucault...

The Problem of Value Pluralism Isaiah Berlin and Beyond

The Problem of Value Pluralism: Isaiah Berlin and Beyond

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By George Crowder
November 20, 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

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By 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

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By 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

By 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

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By 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 ...

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