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Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Pareto and Political Theory

Pareto and Political Theory

1st Edition

By Joseph V. Femia
March 11, 2011

Pareto and Political Theory is the first book-length study of the philosopher’s importance in terms of the most fundamental issues of political discourse: individualism vs. holism, science vs. hermeneutics, laissez-faire vs. social engineering, and value relativism vs. moral absolutism. Joseph V....

German Political Philosophy The Metaphysics of Law

German Political Philosophy: The Metaphysics of Law

1st Edition

By Chris Thornhill
December 13, 2010

This book combines philosophical, intellectual-historical and political-theoretical methodologies to provide a new synoptic reading of the history of German political philosophy. Incorporating chapters on the political ideas of Luther and Zwingli, on the politics of the early Enlightenment, on ...

Liberalism, Neoliberalism, Social Democracy Thin Communitarian Perspectives on Political Philosophy and Education

Liberalism, Neoliberalism, Social Democracy: Thin Communitarian Perspectives on Political Philosophy and Education

1st Edition

By Mark Olssen
March 18, 2010

The Credit Crunch of 2008 has exposed the fallacies of neoliberalism and its thesis of the self-regulating market, which has been ascendant in both economic theory and policy over the last 30 years. In moving beyond neoliberalism, social democratic arguments are once again coming to the fore; ...

Marxism & Scientific Socialism From Engels to Althusser

Marxism & Scientific Socialism: From Engels to Althusser

1st Edition

By Paul Thomas
October 28, 2009

Engels declared at Marx’s funeral in Highgate Cemetery that "just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history". Scientific socialism was the term Engels used to describe Marx's socio-economic philosophy and many later ...

Habermas Rescuing the Public Sphere

Habermas: Rescuing the Public Sphere

1st Edition

By Pauline Johnson
June 02, 2009

If we are to believe what many sociologists are telling us, the public sphere is in a near terminal state. Our ability to build solidarities with strangers and to agree on the general significance of needs and problems seems to be collapsing. These cultural potentials appear endangered by a newly ...

Reflexive Historical Sociology

Reflexive Historical Sociology

1st Edition

By Arpad Szakolczai
April 29, 2009

This book reconstructs and brings together the work of a number of social and political theorists in order to gain new insight on the emergence and character of modern Western society. It examines the intersection point of social theory and historical sociology in a new theoretical approach called ...

The Social and Political Thought of George Orwell A Reassessment

The Social and Political Thought of George Orwell: A Reassessment

1st Edition

By Stephen Ingle
June 10, 2008

Stephen Ingle is Professor at the Politics Department, University of Stirling. His main academic interests are in the relationship between politics and literature and in adversarial (two party) politics, especially in the UK....

Social and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi

Social and Political Thought of Mahatma Gandhi

1st Edition

By Bidyut Chakrabarty
October 06, 2005

During his campaign against racism in South Africa, and his involvement in the Congress-led nationalist struggle against British colonial rule in India, Mahatma Gandhi developed a new form of political struggle based on the idea of satyagraha, or non-violent protest. He ushered in a new era of ...

The Age of Chance Gambling in Western Culture

The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture

1st Edition

By Gerda Reith
July 19, 2002

This fascinating and extensive study, enlivened by interviews with British and American gamblers, will be enthralling reading not just for those interested in the cultural and social implications of gambling - researchers in sociology, cultural studies and the history of ideas - but for anyone ...

Methodological Individualism Background, History and Meaning

Methodological Individualism: Background, History and Meaning

1st Edition

By Lars Udehn
November 01, 2002

Throughout the history of social thought, there has been a constant battle over the true nature of society, and the best way to understand and explain it. This volume covers the development of methodological individualism, including the individualist theory of society from Greek antiquity to modern...

Hayek and After Hayekian Liberalism as a Research Programme

Hayek and After: Hayekian Liberalism as a Research Programme

1st Edition

By Jeremy Shearmur
October 22, 1996

This book offers a distinctive treatment of Hayek's ideas, as a "research programme". It presents a detailed account of aspects of Hayek's intellectual development and of problems that arise within his work, and then offers some broad suggestions as to ways in which the programme initiated in his ...

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