Category: Political Theory

  • The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution

    By Tinsley E. Yarbrough

    In The Rehnquist court docket and the Constitution, Tinsley Yarbrough offers a complete examine brand new best court docket Justices and their record--a learn all of the extra beneficial for the Court's combined judgements and hard-to-categorize direction.
    An finished biographer, Yarbrough bargains incisive snap shots of the 9 who now sit down at the excessive bench, and tellingly studies their nomination hearings. He additionally explores the workings of the courtroom, starting from the choice and function of the clerks to the paintings load (including the end-of-term "June crunch") and project of reviews. however the middle of the e-book is a scientific exploration of the Court's checklist in such fields as executive strength, fiscal legislation, and felony justice. In choice after choice, the writer discusses a few of the justices' reviews, arguments, and felony theories; he additionally deals his personal research (including a pointy critique of the choice to permit the Paula Jones lawsuit to maneuver forward). Like many writers at the Rehnquist courtroom, Yarbrough unearths a common continuity with the earlier, shaded through a conservative outlook (especially in concerns of felony justice and affirmative action), yet he identifies an important departure in its rulings on financial rules. when you consider that 1937, he writes, the very best courtroom had ordinarily followed an expansive view of federal energy over monetary concerns; the Rehnquist courtroom has reversed that trend.
    The Rehnquist courtroom has now not introduced an all-out attack at the Warren Court's precedents, as many conservatives was hoping, yet as Yarbrough indicates it has launched into vital new departures. considerate, wide-ranging, intelligently written, this publication will stand because the best research of the Rehnquist court docket for years to come.
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  • Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea (The Berkeley Tanner Lectures)

    By Axel Honneth

    Within the early twentieth century, Marxist concept was once enriched and rejuvenated by way of adopting the concept that of reification, brought by way of the Hungarian theorist Georg Lukács to spot and denounce the transformation of ancient tactics into ahistorical entities, human activities into issues that appeared a part of an immutable "second nature." For a number of purposes, either theoretical and functional, the hopes positioned in de-reification as a device of innovative emancipation proved useless. In those unique and inventive essays, introduced because the Tanner Lectures on the collage of California, Berkeley in 2005, the prestigious third-generation Frankfurt college thinker Axel Honneth makes an attempt to rescue the idea that of reification via recasting it by way of the philosophy of popularity he has been constructing during the last 20 years. 3 exceptional political and social theorists: Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, and Jonathan Lear, reply with difficult questions on the significant anthropological premise of his argument, the belief that ahead of cognition there's a primary event of intersubjective popularity which could offer a normative commonplace in which present social kin may be judged sought after. Honneth listens conscientiously to their feedback and gives a robust protection of his place.


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  • Locke, Language and Early-Modern Philosophy (Ideas in Context)

    By Hannah Dawson

    In a robust and unique contribution to the historical past of rules, Hannah Dawson explores the serious preoccupation with language in early-modern philosophy, and offers an research of John Locke's critique of phrases. by means of interpreting a extensive sweep of pedagogical and philosophical fabric from antiquity to the overdue 17th century, Dr Dawson explains why language brought on nervousness in numerous writers. Locke, Language and Early-Modern Philosophy demonstrates that advancements in philosophy, along side weaknesses in linguistic thought, ended in critical matters in regards to the ability of phrases to consult the area, the soundness of that means, and the duplicitous energy of phrases themselves. Dr Dawson indicates that language so fixated all demeanour of early-modern authors since it was once obvious as a drawback to either wisdom and society. She thereby uncovers a unique tale in regards to the challenge of language in philosophy, and within the technique reshapes our figuring out of early-modern epistemology, morality and politics.
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  • The Plan for Perpetual Peace, On the Government of Poland, and Other Writings on History and Politics (Collected Writings of Rousseau)

    By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Those abridgements of The Plan for Perpetual Peace (published 1761), at the govt of Poland (1771–1772), and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s different writings on heritage and politics signify his concerns of the sensible functions of key rules constructed in his best-known theoretical writings. during this most recent quantity within the vintage sequence, Rousseau displays on initiatives for a ecu union; the chances for governmental reform for France, together with the polysynody test; diplomacy; and the institution of governments for Poland and Corsica, either lately liberated from overseas oppression. Taken jointly, those works provide definitive insights into Rousseau’s decidedly nonutopian innovations on cosmopolitanism and nationalism, and at the concept and perform of politics.
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  • How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa

    Why hasn't Africa been in a position to reply to the demanding situations of modernity and globalization? Going opposed to the normal knowledge that colonialism introduced modernity to Africa, Olúfémi Táíwò claims that Africa was once already changing into sleek and that colonialism used to be an unfinished venture. Africans aspired to liberal democracy and the guideline of legislation, yet colonial officers aborted these efforts once they verified oblique rule within the carrier of the eu powers. Táíwò appears to be like heavily at sleek associations, reminiscent of church missionary societies, to acknowledge African company and the impulse towards development. He insists that Africa can come back on target and advocates a renewed engagement with modernity. Immigration, capitalism, democracy, and globalization, if performed correct this time, might be instruments that form a favorable destiny for Africa.

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  • Recognition and Social Ontology (Social and Critical Theory)

    This distinctive assortment specializes in the unexamined connections among modern, intensively debated traces of inquiry: Hegel-inspired theories of popularity (Anerkennung) and analytical social ontology. those traces handle the roots of human sociality from assorted conceptual views and feature complementary strengths, variously stressing the social structure of individuals in interpersonal family members and the emergence of social and institutional fact via collective intentionality. during this e-book prime theorists and more youthful students provide unique analyses of the connections and recommend new ways that theories of popularity and present ways in analytical social ontology can increase each other.
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  • Property and Power in Social Theory: A Study in Intellectual Rivalry (Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought)

    By Dick Pels

    Estate and tool practice a key position in social and political theories of sophistication inequality and social stratification, although, theorists have not begun in actual fact to outline those techniques, their mutual barriers and scopes of program. This booklet solutions the property/power puzzle through venture a wide old inquiry into its highbrow origins and present-day results via a chain of case reports, including:
    Marxism vs. anarchism
    * the fascist statement of the primacy of the political
    * social technological know-how as strength theory
    * the managerial revolution
    * the information society and the hot highbrow classes
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  • The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel (New Directions in Critical Theory)

    Hegel's "highway of despair," brought in his Phenomenology of Spirit, represents the tortured course traveled through "natural awareness" on its approach to freedom. melancholy, the passionate residue of Hegelian critique, additionally shows fugitive possibilities for freedom and preserves the primary of desire opposed to all wish. reading the works of an eclectic forged of thinkers, Robyn Marasco considers the dynamism of melancholy as a serious ardour, reckoning with the sorts of old lifestyles solid alongside Hegel's street.

    The street of Despair follows Theodor Adorno, Georges Bataille, and Frantz Fanon as they every one learn, withstand, and reconfigure a strand of concept in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Confronting the twentieth-century cave in of a undeniable innovative dialectic, those thinkers fight to revalue severe philosophy and recast Left Hegelianism in the contexts of genocidal racism, global struggle, and colonial domination. each one philosopher additionally re-centers the function of ardour in critique. Arguing opposed to newer tendencies in serious conception that promise an break out from melancholy, Marasco exhibits how ardour frustrates the resolutions of cause and religion. Embracing the extremism of what Marx, within the spirit of Hegel, referred to as the "ruthless critique of every little thing existing," she affirms the modern buy of radical serious thought, leading to a passionate method of political thought.

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  • Global Justice and Due Process

    By Larry May

    The belief of due technique of legislations is regarded because the cornerstone of family felony platforms, and during this e-book Larry might makes a robust case for its extension to overseas legislations. Focussing at the procedural rights deriving from Magna Carta, akin to the rights of habeas corpus (not to be arbitrarily incarcerated) and nonrefoulement (not to be despatched to a kingdom the place damage is likely), he examines the criminal rights of detainees, even if at Guantanamo or in refugee camps. He bargains a conceptual and normative account of due technique inside of a basic method of worldwide justice, and argues that due strategy could be recognized as jus cogens, as universally binding in overseas legislations. His brilliant and compelling research might be of curiosity to quite a lot of readers in political philosophy, political concept, and the idea and perform of overseas legislation.
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