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Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought
Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought (April 2015)
Luke Philip Plotica - Author

A fresh reading of Oakeshott’s contributions to the ongoing conversation of modern political thought.
One of the seminal voices of twentieth-century political thought, Michael Oakeshott’s work has often fallen prey to the ideological labels applied to it by his interpreters and commentators. In this book, Luke Philip Plotica argues that we stand to learn more by embracing Oakeshott’s own understanding of his work ...(Read More)
 
 
The Political Philosophy of Francis Bacon
The Political Philosophy of Francis Bacon (January 2015)
On the Unity of Knowledge
Tom van Malssen - Author

An ambitious and radically original reading of philosopher Francis Bacon.

Comprehensive in its ambitions and meticulous in its approach, The Political Philosophy of Francis Bacon is a new and unique interpretation of one of early modernity’s more important thinkers. Whereas recent works on Bacon tend to confine themselves either to interpreting his historical context or to considering the founder of Ba...(Read More)
 
 
The Returns of Antigone
The Returns of Antigone (November 2014)
Interdisciplinary Essays
Tina Chanter - Editor
Sean D. Kirkland - Editor

Examines Antigone’s influence on contemporary European, Latin American, and African political activism, arts, and literature.

Despite a venerable tradition of thinkers having declared the death of tragedy, Antigone lives on. Disguised in myriad national costumes, invited to a multiplicity of international venues, inspiring any number of political protests, Antigone transmits her energy through the a...(Read More)
 
 
After Leo Strauss
After Leo Strauss (June 2014)
New Directions in Platonic Political Philosophy
Tucker Landy - Author

Proposes a post-Straussian reading of Plato to advance a reconciliation of ancient and modern theories of natural right.

Few thinkers of the twentieth century studied the fundamental questions of ethics and politics, or penetrated further into the philosophical sources of the moral relativism of our times, more deeply than Leo Strauss. After Leo Strauss is not yet another attempt to explicate, critique, ...(Read More)
 
 
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)
 
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