What's Wrong with Democracy? From Athenian Practice to American Worship

By Loren J. Samons II

Fifth-century Athens is praised because the cradle of democracy and infrequently taken care of as a possible version for contemporary political concept or perform. during this bold reassessment of classical Athenian democracy and its importance for the USA this present day, Loren J. Samons offers abundant justification for our founding fathers' mistrust of democracy, a kind of presidency they scorned accurately as a result of their familiarity with classical Athens. How american citizens have come to embody "democracy" in its glossy form-and what the confident and unwanted effects have been-is an enormous tale for all modern voters. Confronting head-on a number of the ideals we carry expensive yet seldom query, Samons examines Athens's background within the 5th and fourth centuries B.C. so that it will attempt the preferred concept that majority rule ends up in strong executive. tough many easy assumptions in regards to the personality and luck of Athenian democracy, What's fallacious with Democracy? bargains interesting and obtainable discussions of themes together with the hazards of the preferred vote, Athens's acquisitive international coverage, the tendency of the kingdom to overspend, where of faith in Athenian society, and extra. certain to generate controversy, Samons's daring and iconoclastic booklet unearths that democracy has started to operate like an unacknowledged faith in our tradition, immune from feedback and dissent, and he asks that we take into accout the Athenian instance and start to query our uncritical worship of democratic values akin to freedom, selection, and variety. Illustrations: four b/w images, three maps, 1 desk

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Confrontation: A Conversation with Aude Lancelin

By Alain Badiou

Everything of their respective positions divides them: Alain Badiou is the philosopher of a revitalized communism and Alain Finkielkraut the mournful observer of the lack of values. the 2 competitors, collected the following for his or her first-ever debate, have irreconcilable visions. but nor is a stranger to controversy, and during this debate they make particular the grounds in their own dispute in addition to addressing, in a frank and open alternate, their rules and theories.

Guided by means of Aude Lancelin, the 2 philosophers talk about topics as assorted as nationwide identification, Israel and Judaism, could 1968, and renewed acclaim for the assumption of communism. Their passionate debate is greater than simply the sum overall in their disagreements, even though, for neither of them is happy with the country of our society or the path within which its political representatives persist in taking it. They agree that there has to be swap and their disagreement during this quantity exhibits the significance of asking tricky questions, not just of one another, but additionally of our political systems.

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The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism

By Richard Wolin

Fifteen years in the past, revelations in regards to the political misdeeds of Martin Heidegger and Paul de guy despatched surprise waves all through eu and North American highbrow circles. Ever in view that, postmodernism has been haunted by means of the threat of a compromised earlier. during this highbrow family tree of the postmodern spirit, Richard Wolin indicates that postmodernism's infatuation with fascism has been frequent and never incidental. He calls into query postmodernism's declare to have inherited the mantle of the left--and means that postmodern notion has lengthy been smitten with the other finish of the political spectrum.

In probing chapters on C. G. Jung, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Georges Bataille, and Maurice Blanchot, Wolin discovers an unsettling commonality: in the course of the Nineteen Thirties, those thinkers leaned to the correct and have been tainted by way of a proverbial "fascination with fascism." pissed off by means of democracy's shortcomings, they have been seduced by way of fascism's grandiose delivers of political regeneration. The dictatorships in Italy and Germany promised redemption from the uncertainties of political liberalism. yet, from the start, there might be no doubting their brutal equipment of racism, violence, and imperial conquest.

Postmodernism's origins one of the profascist literati of the Thirties demonstrate a dismal political patrimony. The unstated affinities among Counter-Enlightenment and postmodernism represent the guiding thread of Wolin's suggestive narrative. of their mutual hostility towards cause and democracy, postmodernists and the advocates of Counter-Enlightenment betray a telltale strategic alliance--they cohabit the fraught terrain the place some distance left and much correct intersect.

Those who take Wolin's conclusions to middle won't ever view the background of contemporary idea in fairly an analogous way.

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The Letters of Machiavelli : A Selection

This choice of the main marvelous and attribute letters of Niccolò Machiavelli monitors the very important and penetrating brain of the fellow who wrote the 1st paintings of recent political technological know-how. those letters, which exhibit Machiavelli's severe intelligence, humorousness, and chic experience, are our leader resource of knowledge approximately his own existence. As such, they're going to function a vibrant creation to the personalities and occasions of the main turbulent interval of the Renaissance, and they're going to additionally enlighten those who were interested by the political philosopher who wrote The Prince and The Discourses on Livy.

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Adorno and the Political (Thinking the Political)

By Espen Hammer

Interest in Theodor W. Adorno maintains to develop within the English-speaking international because the value of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural concept, in addition to aesthetics is more and more famous. Espen Hammer’s lucid e-book is the 1st to correctly learn the political implications of his paintings, paying cautious recognition to Adorno’s paintings on key thinkers comparable to Kant, Hegel and Benjamin.

Examining Adorno’s political stories and assessing his engagement with Marxist in addition to liberal concept, Hammer appears to be like on the improvement of Adorno’s notion as he confronts Fascism and smooth mass tradition. He then analyzes the political measurement of his philosophical and aesthetic theorizing. by way of addressing Jürgen Habermas’s influential criticisms, he defends Adorno as a theorist of autonomy, accountability and democratic plurality. He additionally discusses Adorno’s relevance to feminist and ecological considering. in preference to those that see Adorno as a person who relinquished the political, Hammer’s account indicates his reflections to be, at the so much primary point, politically influenced and deeply engaged.

This invigorating exploration of an important political philosopher is an invaluable advent to his notion as an entire, and should be of curiosity to students and scholars within the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics.

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The Idea of a Social Science and Its Relation to Philosophy (Routledge Classics)

In the 50th anniversary of this book’s first free up, Winch’s argument is still as the most important as ever. initially released in 1958, The notion of a Social technology and Its Relation to Philosophy used to be a landmark exploration of the social sciences, written at a time while that box used to be nonetheless younger and had no longer but joined the arts and the common Sciences because the 3rd nice area of the Academy. 

A passionate defender of the significance of philosophy to an entire knowing of 'society' opposed to those that could deem it an inappropriate 'ivory towers' pursuit, Winch attracts from the works of such thinkers as Ludwig Wittgenstein, J.S. Mill and Max Weber to make his case. In so doing he addresses the chance and perform of a complete 'science of society'.

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Fortune Is a Woman : Gender and Politics in the Thought of Nicollo Machiavelli : With a New Afterword

By Hanna Fenichel Pitkin

"Fortune is a girl, and so as to preserve her below, you have to knock her round some."—Niccolò Machiavelli

Hanna Pitkin's provocative and enduring research of Machiavelli was once the 1st to systematically position gender on the middle of its exploration of his political concept. during this variation, Pitkin provides a brand new afterword, within which she discusses the book's serious reception and situates the book's arguments within the context of modern interpretations of Machiavelli's thought.

"A shut and infrequently superb exegesis of Machiavelli's writings."—The American Political technology Review

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Rousseau and German Idealism: Freedom, Dependence and Necessity

By David James

The declare that Rousseau's writings motivated the improvement of Kant's severe philosophy, and German idealism, isn't really a brand new one. As right because the declare should be, it doesn't quantity to a scientific account of Rousseau's position inside of this philosophical culture. It additionally indicates a development wherein Rousseau's achievements are ultimately eclipsed through these of Kant, Fichte and Hegel, in particular with recognize to the assumption of freedom. during this e-book David James indicates that Rousseau offers yes demanding situations that Kant and the idealists Fichte and Hegel couldn't absolutely meet, through making dependence and necessity, in addition to freedom, his vital matters, and thereby increases the query of no matter if freedom in all its kinds is certainly attainable in a of human interdependence marked by way of fabric inequality. His learn can be worthwhile for all these learning Kant, German idealism and the historical past of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century rules.

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Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government [Oxford Political Theory Series]

By Philip Pettit

This can be the 1st full-length presentation of a republican substitute to the liberal and communitarian theories that experience ruled political philosophy in recent times. the newest addition to the acclaimed Oxford Political Theory sequence, Pettit's eloquent and compelling account opens with an exam of the normal republican belief of freedom as non-domination, contrasting this with verified destructive and optimistic perspectives of liberty.

the 1st a part of the booklet strains the increase and decline of this notion, monitors its many points of interest, and makes a case for why it's going to nonetheless be considered as a crucial political excellent. the second one a part of the ebook appears to be like at what the implementation of the fitting will require in regards to important policy-making, constitutional and democratic layout, regulatory keep an eye on and the relation among country and civil society. famous during this account is a singular notion of democracy, below which govt is uncovered to systematic contestation, and a imaginative and prescient of state-societal kin based upon civility and belief.

Pettit's strong and insightful new paintings deals not just a unified, theoretical review of the numerous strands of republican principles, but additionally a brand new and complicated standpoint on stories in similar fields together with the historical past of rules, jurisprudence, and criminology.

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