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The Trouble With Passion
Political Theory Beyond the Reign of Reason

ISBN 9780415934060
Published June 13, 2005 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

Political theorists have long argued that passion has no place in the political realm where reason reigns supreme. But, is this dichotomy between reason and passion sustainable? Does it underestimate the indispensable role of passion in a fully democratic society? Drawing upon Plato, Rousseau, and contemporary feminist theorists, Cheryl Hall argues that passion is an essential component of a just political community and that the need to educate passion together with reason is paramount. Trouble with Passion provides a compelling defense of the crucial place of passion in politics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What About All Those Flags? Passion in Politics; Chapter 2 The Passions and the Reasons: Conceptualizing Capacities; Chapter 3 Public Reason, Private Passion: The Trouble with Passion in Liberal Political Theory; Chapter 4 “The Madness of Eros Is the Greatest of Heaven's Blessings Plato's Passion for the Good; Chapter 5 “A Man Who Had No Passions Would Be a Very Bad Citizen”: Rousseau's Passion for Community; Chapter 6 “Our Erotic Knowledge Empowers Us”: Passion and Action in Contemporary Feminist Theory; Chapter 7 Passion, Politics, and Democratic Education;

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Cheryl Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida.