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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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Social Change in a Material World

Social Change in a Material World

1st Edition

By Theodore R. Schatzki
May 22, 2019

Social Change in a Material World offers a new, practice theoretical account of social change and its explanation. Extending the author’s earlier account of social life, and drawing on general ideas about events, processes, and change, the book conceptualizes social changes as configurations of ...

Critical Theories and the Budapest School Politics, Culture, Modernity

Critical Theories and the Budapest School: Politics, Culture, Modernity

1st Edition

Edited By John Rundell, Jonathan Pickle
April 15, 2019

Critical Theories and the Budapest School brings together new perspectives on the Budapest School in the context of contemporary developments in critical theory. Engaging with the work of the prominent group of figures associated with Georg Lukács, this book sheds new light on the unique and ...

Hubris and Progress A Future Born of Presumption

Hubris and Progress: A Future Born of Presumption

1st Edition

By Carlo Bordoni
April 01, 2019

This book explores the ancient question of why man seeks to go beyond his limits. A presumptuous tendency known by the ancient Greeks as hubris and believed to be punished by the gods, it developed from a need for our survival to a habit, as humanity has subdued animals, dominated nature, increased...

The Intellectual Origins of Modernity

The Intellectual Origins of Modernity

1st Edition

By David Ohana
April 01, 2019

The Intellectual Origins of Modernity explores the long and winding road of modernity from Rousseau to Foucault and its roots, which are not to be found in a desire for enlightenment or in the idea of progress but in the Promethean passion of Western humankind. Modernity is the Promethean passion, ...

Crisis and Critique On the Fragile Foundations of Social Life

Crisis and Critique: On the Fragile Foundations of Social Life

1st Edition

By Rodrigo Cordero
March 22, 2019

Fragility is a condition that inhabits the foundations of social life. It remains mostly unnoticed until something breaks and dislocates the sense of completion. In such moments of rupture, the social world reveals the stuff of which it is made and how it actually works; it opens itself to question...

Political Fraternity Democracy beyond Freedom and Equality

Political Fraternity: Democracy beyond Freedom and Equality

1st Edition

By Angel Puyol
March 18, 2019

Fraternity is a feeling, and a moral virtue, but fraternity is also a political concept. The French Revolution proclaimed an ethical and political ideal with its three principles: liberty, equality and fraternity. Since then, western political philosophy has gone to great lengths to analyse the ...

Politics through the Iliad and the Odyssey Hobbes writes Homer

Politics through the Iliad and the Odyssey: Hobbes writes Homer

1st Edition

By Andrea Catanzaro
March 12, 2019

Facing censorship and being confined to the fringes of the political debate of his time, Thomas Hobbes turned his attention to translating Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey from Greek into English. Many have not considered enough the usefulness of these translations. In this book, Andrea Catanzaro ...

Freedom and Culture in Western Society

Freedom and Culture in Western Society

1st Edition

By Hans Blokland
May 26, 2016

Critically examining conceptions of freedom of some of the leading contemporary philosophers from Isaiah Berlin to Charles Taylor, Hans Blokland explores the value and significance that freedom has acquired on our political consciousness. He looks specifically at: * positive and negative freedom *...

The Countercultural Logic of Neoliberalism

The Countercultural Logic of Neoliberalism

1st Edition

By David Hancock
January 21, 2019

Why, since the financial crisis of 2008, has neoliberal capitalism remained seemingly impregnable? Why, when it is shown as no longer capable of delivering on its economic promises does its logic pervade all facets of contemporary life? How has it seduced us? This book examines the seductive appeal...

Complexity, Society and Social Transactions Developing a Comprehensive Social Theory

Complexity, Society and Social Transactions: Developing a Comprehensive Social Theory

1st Edition

By Thomas B. Whalen
January 17, 2019

This book develops and presents a general social theory explaining social, cultural and economic ontology and, as a by-product, the ontology of other social institutions and structures. This theory is called social transaction theory. Using the framework of the complex adaptive systems model, this ...

Elementary Forms of Social Relations Status, power and reference groups

Elementary Forms of Social Relations: Status, power and reference groups

1st Edition

By Theodore D. Kemper
January 17, 2019

Elementary Forms of Social Relations introduces the reader to social life as a perpetual quest by individuals to gain attention, respect and regard (status) accompanied by an effort to marshal defensive and offensive means (power) to overcome the reluctance of others to grant status. This work is ...

Peter Berger on Modernization and Modernity An Unvarnished Overview

Peter Berger on Modernization and Modernity: An Unvarnished Overview

1st Edition

By Robert Bickel
January 17, 2019

With particular attention to his work on modernization and modernity as construed by a sociologist of knowledge, this book offers a sympathetic exposition and evaluation of Peter Berger’s work as one of the world’s most accomplished and influential sociologists. In the context of an examination of ...

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