Category: Political Theory

  • Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition

    By Daniel W. Drezner

    What may ensue to overseas politics if the lifeless rose from the grave and commenced to devour the dwelling? Daniel Drezner's groundbreaking e-book solutions the query that different diplomacy students were too scared to invite. Addressing well timed concerns with analytical chunk, Drezner appears to be like at how famous theories from diplomacy will be utilized to a struggle with zombies. Exploring the plots of renowned zombie movies, songs, and books, Theories of foreign Politics and Zombies predicts sensible situations for the political level within the face of a zombie hazard and considers how valid--or how rotten--such eventualities could be.

    This newly revived version contains big updates all through in addition to a brand new epilogue assessing the function of the zombie analogy within the public sphere.

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  • Classics of Moral and Political Theory

    The 5th variation of Michael L. Morgan's Classics of ethical and Political Theory broadens the scope and raises the flexibility of this landmark anthology by way of supplying new decisions from Aristotle's Politics, Aquinas' Disputed questions about Virtue and Treatise on Law, in addition to the whole lot of Locke's Letter referring to Toleration, Kant's To Perpetual Peace, and Nietzsche's On the virtue and drawback of historical past for Life.

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  • Deliberative Systems: Deliberative Democracy at the Large Scale (Theories of Institutional Design)

    'Deliberative democracy' is usually pushed aside as a suite of small-scale, educational experiments. This quantity seeks to illustrate how the deliberative perfect can paintings as a concept of democracy on a bigger scale. It presents a brand new frame of mind approximately democratic engagement around the spectrum of political motion, from cities and villages to kingdom states, and from neighborhood networks to transnational, even worldwide structures. Written by means of a workforce of the world's best deliberative theorists, Deliberative platforms explains the foundations of this new strategy, which seeks methods of making sure department of deliberative labour in a method still meets either deliberative and democratic norms. instead of easily elaborating the idea, the participants learn the issues of implementation in a true international of competing norms, competing associations and competing robust pursuits. This pioneering e-book will encourage a thrilling new section of deliberative learn, either theoretical and empirical.
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  • Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Bureaucracy (Historical Materialism Books)

    By Thomas M Twiss

    Throughout the 20th century the matter of post-revolutionary forms emerged because the such a lot urgent theoretical and political problem confronting Marxism. nobody contributed extra to the dialogue of this question than Leon Trotsky. In "Trotsky and the matter of Soviet Bureaucracy," Thomas M. Twiss strains the advance of Trotsky s pondering in this factor from the 1st years after the Bolshevik Revolution during the Moscow Trials of the Thirties. all through, he examines how Trotsky s conception of occasions encouraged his theoretical knowing of the matter, and the way Trotsky s thought reciprocally formed his research of political advancements. also, Twiss notes either strengths and weaknesses of Trotsky s theoretical standpoint at every one level in its development."
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  • The Revolutionary Marxism of Antonio Gramsci (Historical Materialism Book)

    By Frank Rosengarten

    Antonio Gramsci used to be not just essentially the most unique and critical communist leaders of his time but in addition an artistic philosopher whose contributions to the renewal of Marxism stay pertinent at the present time. within the progressive Marxism of Antonio Gramsci, Frank Rosengarten explores Gramsci's writings in components as varied as Marxist thought, the tasks of political management, and the speculation and perform of literary feedback. He additionally discusses Gramsci's impression at the post-colonial global. via shut readings of texts starting from Gramsci's socialist journalism within the Turin years to his felony letters and Notebooks, Rosengarten captures the entire energy of the Sardinian communist's notion and outlook on life.

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  • The Holy History of Mankind and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

    By Moses Hess

    Author note: Translated and edited with an advent through Shlomo Avineri
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    Moses Hess is a massive determine within the improvement of either early communist and Zionist proposal. The Holy historical past of Mankind seemed in 1837, and was once the 1st book-length socialist tract to seem in Germany, representing an strange synthesis of Judaism and Christianity that confirmed the substantial impression upon Hess of Spinoza, Herder and Hegel. in the end lots of Hess's rules could locate their manner into the paintings of Karl Marx, and into next socialist proposal.

    The extraordinary political scientist Shlomo Avineri offers the 1st complete English translation of this article, in addition to new renditions of Socialism and Communism, A Communist Credo; and the implications of a destiny Revolution of the Proletariat. the entire ordinary reader-friendly sequence good points are supplied, together with a chronology, concise advent and notes for extra analyzing, in a piece of unique relevance to scholars of politics, glossy ecu background, and the historical past of Zionism.
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  • Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

    By Jessica Whyte

    Deals a remarkable new analyzing of Agamben’s political notion and its implications for political motion within the current. hard the widely used account of Agamben as a pessimistic philosopher, disaster and Redemption proposes a studying of his political suggestion during which the redemptive component to his paintings isn't a curious apart yet as a substitute is key to his venture. Jessica Whyte considers his serious account of up to date politics—his argument that Western politics has been “biopolitics” for the reason that its inception, his critique of human rights, his argument that the country of exception is now the norm, and the paradigmatic importance he attributes to the focus camp—and indicates that it really is in the middle of those catastrophes of the current that Agamben sees the potential of a sort of profane redemption. Whyte outlines the significance of potentiality in his try and formulate a brand new politics, examines his relation to Jewish and Christian strands of messianism, and interrogates the recent types of praxis that he situates inside of modern commodity tradition, taking Agamben’s idea as a decision for the construction of recent political kinds.
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  • The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte

    By Isaac Nakhimovsky

    This e-book provides a tremendous new account of Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Closed advertisement State, an immense early nineteenth-century improvement of Rousseau and Kant's political proposal. Isaac Nakhimovsky indicates how Fichte reformulated Rousseau's constitutional politics and radicalized the industrial implications of Kant's social agreement concept together with his security of the precise to paintings. Nakhimovsky argues that Fichte's sequel to Rousseau and Kant's writings on perpetual peace represents a pivotal second within the highbrow historical past of the pacification of the West. Fichte claimed that Europe couldn't remodel itself right into a peaceable federation of constitutional republics except monetary existence may be disentangled from the aggressive dynamics of family among states, and he asserted that this disentanglement required transitioning to a deliberate and principally self-sufficient nationwide financial system, made attainable through a thorough financial coverage. Fichte's principles have resurfaced with approximately each concern of globalization from the Napoleonic wars to the current, and his ebook continues to be a uniquely systematic and entire dialogue of what John Maynard Keynes later termed "national self-sufficiency." Fichte's provocative contribution to the social agreement culture reminds us, Nakhimovsky concludes, that the mix of a liberal thought of the nation with an open economic system and overseas procedure is a way more contingent and precarious consequence than many contemporary theorists have tended to assume.

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  • To Our Friends (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series)

    The Invisible Committee's The Coming Insurrection was once a phenomenon, celebrated in a few quarters and inveighed opposed to in others, publicized in media that ranged from campus bulletin forums to Fox information. Seven years later, The Invisible Committee follows up their premonitory manifesto with a brand new booklet, To Our Friends.

    From The Invisible Committee:

    In 2007 we released The Coming rebel in France. It has to be stated variety of assertions by means of the Invisible Committee have for the reason that been proven, beginning with the 1st and so much crucial: the sensational go back of the insurrectionary phenomenon. Who could have guess a kopeck, seven years in the past, at the overthrow of Ben Ali or Mubarak via road motion, at the riot of adolescents in Quebec, at the political awakening of Brazil, at the fires set French-style within the English or Swedish banlieues , at the production of an insurrectionary commune within the very middle of Istanbul, on a circulate of plaza occupations within the usa, or at the uprising that unfold all through Greece in December of 2008?

    During the seven years that separate the arriving revolt from To Our acquaintances , the brokers of the Invisible Committee have persevered to struggle, to prepare, to move themselves to the 4 corners of the area, to anywhere the fires have been lit, and to discuss with comrades of each tendency and each state. therefore To Our acquaintances is written on the experiential point, in reference to that normal flow. Its phrases factor from the turmoil and are addressed to people who nonetheless think sufficiently in lifestyles to struggle as a consequence.

    To Our pals is a document at the kingdom of the area and of the circulate, an editorial that is primarily strategic and brazenly partisan. Its political ambition is conceited: to supply a shared figuring out of the epoch, even with the intense confusion of the present.

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