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Happiness, Democracy, and the Cooperative Movement
Happiness, Democracy, and the Cooperative Movement (June 2014)
The Radical Utilitarianism of William Thompson
Mark J. Kaswan - Author

Examines the political significance of ideas about happiness through the work of utilitarian philosophers William Thompson and Jeremy Bentham.

Happiness is political. The way we think about happiness affects what we do, how we relate to other people and the world around us, our moral principles, and even our ideas about how society should be organized. Utilitarianism, a political theory based on hedonistic and in...(Read More)
 
 
The Laws of the Spirit
The Laws of the Spirit (April 2014)
A Hegelian Theory of Justice
Shannon Hoff - Author

An account of Hegel’s political insights and their contemporary relevance.

Drawing from a variety of Hegel’s writings, Shannon Hoff articulates a theory of justice that requires answering simultaneously to three irreducibly different demands: those of community, universality, and individuality. The domains of “ethicality,” “legality,” and “morality” correspond to the...(Read More)
 
 
Catastrophe and Redemption
Catastrophe and Redemption (December 2013)
The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben
Jessica Whyte - Author

Offers a striking new reading of Agamben’s political thought and its implications for political action in the present.

Challenging the prevalent account of Agamben as a pessimistic thinker, Catastrophe and Redemption proposes a reading of his political thought in which the redemptive element of his work is not a curious aside but instead is fundamental to his project. Jessica Whyte considers his cr...(Read More)
 
 
Doing Democracy
Doing Democracy (December 2013)
Activist Art and Cultural Politics
Nancy S. Love - Editor
Mark Mattern - Editor

Demonstrates how activists and others use art and popular culture to strive for a more democratic future.

Doing Democracy examines the potential of the arts and popular culture to extend and deepen the experience of democracy. Its contributors address the use of photography, cartooning, memorials, monuments, poetry, literature, music, theater, festivals, and parades to open political spaces, awaken critical ...(Read More)
 
 
In the Spirit of Critique
In the Spirit of Critique (December 2013)
Thinking Politically in the Dialectical Tradition
Andrew J. Douglas - Author

Offers a new perspective on the political significance of the Hegelian dialectical legacy.

Focusing on the critical postures of Hegel, Marx, and a series of twentieth-century intellectuals, including Sartre, Adorno, and C. L. R. James, this book explores what dialectical thinking entails and how such thinking might speak to the lived realities of the contemporary political moment. What is revealed is not a formal ...(Read More)
 
 
Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics
Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics (December 2013)
Leo Strauss's Later Writings on Maimonides
Aryeh Tepper - Author

Compelling account of Strauss’s mature Maimonidean writings.

Leo Strauss (1899–1973), one of the preeminent political philosophers of the twentieth century, was an astute interpreter of Maimonides’s medieval masterpiece, The Guide of the Perplexed. In Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics, Aryeh Tepper overturns the conventional view of Strauss’s interpretation and of Strauss...(Read More)
 
 
Felony Disenfranchisement in America, Second Edition
Felony Disenfranchisement in America, Second Edition (April 2013)
Historical Origins, Institutional Racism, and Modern Consequences
Katherine Irene Pettus - Author

Reveals how state felony disenfranchisement laws are undermining American democracy.

State felony disenfranchisement laws that date back to Reconstruction fracture the American electorate into “those who are citizens in the fullest sense of the term,” in Aristotle’s words, and those who, deprived of political voice, still have the status of slaves. The existence of this “invisible constitue...(Read More)
 
 
On the Ethics of Torture
On the Ethics of Torture (April 2013)
Uwe Steinhoff - Author

A detailed, clear, and comprehensive overview of the current philosophical debate on torture.

The question of when, and under what circumstances, the practice of torture might be justified has received a great deal of attention in the last decade in both academia and in the popular media. Many of these discussions are, however, one-sided with other perspectives either ignored or quickly dismissed with minimal ar...(Read More)
 
 
A Vigilant Society
A Vigilant Society (March 2013)
Jewish Thought and the State in Medieval Spain
Javier Roiz - Author
Selma L. Margaretten - Translator

Uncovers a fundamental change that took place in Western thinking, especially its departure from the Sephardic philosophy found in the Iberian Peninsula during the thirteenth century.

A Vigilant Society presents a provocative hypothesis that argues that Western society as we know it emerged from the soil of Jewish intellectual advances in the thirteenth century, especially those formulated on the Ibe...(Read More)
 
 
The State of Sovereignty
The State of Sovereignty (June 2012)
Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity
Peter Gratton - Author

Considers the problems of sovereignty through the work of Rousseau, Arendt, Foucault, Agamben, and Derrida.

Following up on the fables and stories surrounding political sovereignty—once theological, now often nationalist—Peter Gratton’s The State of Sovereignty takes aim at the central concepts surrounding the post-9/11 political environment. Against those content to conceptualize what has been called the “soverei...(Read More)
 
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