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Liberty, Rationality, and Agency in Hobbes's Leviathan
Liberty, Rationality, and Agency in Hobbes's Leviathan (July 2001)
David van Mill - Author

A new interpretation of the theory of Hobbes.

Marking a significant departure from most scholarship on Hobbes, this book offers new interpretations of his theories of freedom, agency, rationality, morality, psychology, and politics. Hobbes's arguments concerning many different aspects of civil society and human psychology are brought together to provide a comprehensive theory of agency. Hobbes's theory of fr...(Read More)
 
 
An Ethics of Place
An Ethics of Place (March 2001)
Radical Ecology, Postmodernity, and Social Theory
Mick Smith - Author

Adopts ecological theory to critique, confront, and suggest solutions for contemporary cultural problems.

Mick Smith links together the concepts of the ecological self and an environmental ethos--an ethics of place--as a way to re-engage the moral concerns of radical ecological theories. Best understood as an ethical critique of modernity, radical ecological theory challenges and extends the problematic moral framework now used within ...(Read More)
 
 
Rethinking the Communicative Turn
Rethinking the Communicative Turn (January 2001)
Adorno, Habermas, and the Problem of Communicative Freedom
Martin Morris - Author

Assesses linguistic versus aesthetic visions of critical theory and their capacity to contribute to the analysis of contemporary democratic society.

Contrasting aesthetic versus linguistic centered visions for critical theory and the analysis of contemporary democratic theory and society, Martin Morris draws special attention to the concept of communicative freedom. He problematizes the paradigm shift within critical ...(Read More)
 
 
Aristotle on Political Enmity and Disease
Aristotle on Political Enmity and Disease (November 2000)
An Inquiry into Stasis
Kostas Kalimtzis - Author

Explores Aristotle's theory of the causes that give rise to stasis ('civic disorder'), and provides an original and systematic account of his understanding of political justice and friendship.

This book explores Aristotle's theory of stasis, a word usually translated to mean "revolution," "civic disorder," or "sedition." It examines Aristotle's writings on stasis, especially Book 5 of the Politics, within th...(Read More)
 
 
Bodies of Meaning
Bodies of Meaning (November 2000)
Studies on Language, Labor, and Liberation
David McNally - Author

Challenges postmodernist theories of language and politics which detach language from human bodies and their material practices.
Bodies of Meaning presents a vigorous challenge to postmodernist theories of language and politics which detach language from human bodies and their material practices. Beginning with the 'historical bodies' theorized by Marx, Darwin, and Freud, McNally develops an alternative account of language which dr...(Read More)
 
 
The Tragedy of Liberalism
The Tragedy of Liberalism (August 2000)
An Alternative Defense of a Political Tradition
Bert van den Brink - Author

A defense of liberalism, understood as a perfectionist doctrine that presupposes an ideal but controversial notion of human well-being.

Drawing on recent developments in liberal theory, Bert van den Brink develops an alternative defense of liberalism. He argues that liberal theorists should admit that their doctrine is not neutral with regard to conceptions of the good life--that it in fact fosters ideals of personal autonomy and a plu...(Read More)
 
 
Hierarchy amidst Anarchy
Hierarchy amidst Anarchy (August 2000)
Transaction Costs and Institutional Choice
Katja Weber - Author

Analyzes the underlying basis for state participation in cooperative international structures.

Hierarchy amidst Anarchy is a study of state security provisions, explaining not only why states cooperate, and with whom, but also why they choose the specific types of cooperation they do. In contrast to competing theories that explain international cooperation in terms of the desire to be "bigger" or "stronger", Weber insists that ...(Read More)
 
 
Political Theory and Partisan Politics
Political Theory and Partisan Politics (June 2000)
Edward Bryan Portis - Editor
Adolf G. Gundersen - Editor
Ruth Lessl Shively - Editor

Renowned theorists address the interconnections between those who engage in political struggle and those who study it.

Political theorists typically define political action in terms of rational potential rather than conflict, and for this reason neglect the partisan nature of political experience. This volume redresses this neglect, focusing on the interrelated questions of whether the task of political theory is to find some means of ...(Read More)
 
 
Various Thoughts on the Occasion of a Comet
Various Thoughts on the Occasion of a Comet (May 2000)
Pierre Bayle - Author
Robert C. Bartlett - Translated, notes, interpretive essay

A new translation of Pierre Bayle's first great work, which undermines the influence of "superstition" in political life and laid the groundwork for the separation of church and state.

"I tremble when I recall the terrible appearance [the comet] had on Saturday evening in the clear sky, when it was observed by everybody with inexpressible astonishment. It seemed as though the heavens were burning, or as if the very air was on fire[F]ro...(Read More)
 
 
Action and Contemplation
Action and Contemplation (August 1999)
Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle
Robert C. Bartlett - Editor
Susan D. Collins - Editor

European and North American scholars explore the political philosophy of Aristotle, with particular attention to questions arising from the Politics and the Nicomachean Ethics.

"This book is distinguished from other books sensitive to the connection between Aristotle's Ethics and his Politics in two regards. First, it is a collection of essays by scholars representative of different schools of thought and not a...(Read More)
 
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