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Legislative Deliberative Democracy: Freedom of Speech during War

Legislative Deliberative Democracy: Freedom of Speech during War

1st Edition

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Avichai Levit
November 01, 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

Forthcoming

David J. 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

Forthcoming

Marco Piasentier
July 06, 2020

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

The Problem of Value Pluralism: Isaiah Berlin and Beyond

The Problem of Value Pluralism: Isaiah Berlin and Beyond

1st Edition

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

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...

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