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Equality and Excellence in Ancient and Modern Political Philosophy

Edited by Steven Frankel & John Ray
Subjects: Politics And Law

Interpretations of critically important texts in political philosophy from Greek antiquity to modern times on the tension between human excellence and equality and its possible resolution.

Tradition and the Deliberative Turn

Reframes the discussion of deliberative democracy in a unique fashion, approaching the debate as a historical conversation.

Deconstructive Constitutionalism

Investigates, by way of Derrida's engagements with Kant, how the foundations of modern constitutionalism can be differently conceived to address some of the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Opining Beauty Itself

Argues that Plato thinks that ordinary people grapple with the Forms and can make epistemological progress, even if they never achieve knowledge.

Plato's Stranger

Meditation on the character of the Eleatic Stranger in Plato's late dialogues, arguing that the prominent place afforded to this foreigner—the other—represents an important philosophical and political legacy regarding the way thought, and life in the community, is understood.

Myth and Authority

Argues that Giambattista Vico's early modern account of Roman mythology was a sophisticated attempt to present an epistemological and political critique of the aristocratic way of conceiving the world.

Hobbes and the Democratic Imaginary

A critical interrogation of elements of Hobbes's political and natural philosophy and its capacity to enrich our understanding of the nature of democratic life.

Full Responsibility

Explores the basic forms of responsibility that we willingly assume and the collaborative fulfillment that we find in each.

Liberating Revolution

Provides a novel conceptual and practical theory of revolution, engaging previous theories of revolution, contemporary continental philosophy, and systems theory.

Truth and Politics

Endorses the pursuit of paradigm shifts in our understandings of faith, truth, and nature to remedy the "underside" of modernity and thus to inaugurate a post-modern (but not anti-modern) and post-secular (but not anti-secular) view of the world.

The Future of the World Is Open

Conversations with prominent Italian feminist thinkers Lea Melandri, Luisa Muraro, and Adriana Cavaero, as well as three essays - appearing in English for the first time - by author, journalist, and renown political figure Rossana Rossanda.

The Shadow of Totalitarianism

Examines the relationship of evil, action, and judgment in the work of Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, and Jean-François Lyotard.

Leo Strauss on Democracy, Technology, and Liberal Education

The first book-length study of Leo Strauss' understanding of the relation between modern democracy, technology, and liberal education.

Ummah

Offers the Islamic concept of ummah as an alternative to the nation-state.

Seeing with Free Eyes

Examines the ideas of justice in Euripidean tragedy, which reveals the human experience of justice to be paradoxical, and reminds us of the need for humility in our unceasing quest for a just world.

A Dangerous Passion

Shows the importance of honor for leaders, both as a source of noble ambition to pursue the public good and as dangerous temptation to seek glory through domination.

Contribution to the Correction of the Public's Judgments on the French Revolution

First translation into English of Fichte’s major work on the French Revolution.

Bastard Politics

Argues that we need to reinvent sovereignty as a motive for democratic political action while remaining alert to its dangers, specifically its relationship to violence.

Recovering the Liberal Spirit

Develops a theory of spiritual freedom and explores its relationship to problems of liberal political regimes.

Endangered Excellence

A fresh look at Aristotle’s political theory with attention to the resonance of his thought for contemporary concerns.

Leo Strauss and the Theopolitics of Culture

This archive-based study of the philosophy of Leo Strauss provides in-depth interpretations of key texts and their larger theoretical contexts.

Cosmopolitan Civility

Edited by Ruth Abbey
Subjects: Politics And Law

Essays reflecting on the prolific, pioneering, and wide-ranging scholarship of Fred Dallmayr.

Conflict in Aristotle's Political Philosophy

Offers a careful analysis of how Aristotle understands civil war, partisanship, distrust in government, disagreement, and competition, and explores ways in which these views are relevant to contemporary political theory.

Friedrich Engels and Modern Social and Political Theory

Offers a powerful new interpretation of Engels’s contributions to modern social and political theory.

Thoughtlessness and Decadence in Iran

Bridges Western and non-Western political thought to address the problem of democracy and political decadance in contemporary Iran and, by implication, similar Islamic societies.

Roberto Esposito

Analyzes key concepts and arguments in the work of one of Europe’s leading philosophers.

Hegel and Right

By Philip J. Kain
Subjects: Philosophy

An especially accessible introduction to Hegel’s moral and political philosophy.

State Violence and Moral Horror

Explores the concept of "moral horror" as the experience of living amidst unjustifiable state violence.

Whitehead's Religious Thought

Presents the process theistic thought of Whitehead as a third alternative between classical theism and religious skepticism.

Plato's Statesman

Explores the interplay between the dramatic form of the dialogue and the basic themes it addresses.

Containing Community

Analyzes the role of community in the writings of Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Contemplating Friendship in Aristotle's Ethics

Examines how Aristotle posits political philosophy and the experience of friendship as a means to bind strictly intellectural virtue with morality.

Freedom from the Free Will

Brings Kafka’s fiction into conversation with philosophy and political theory.

Philosophy, History, and Tyranny

The first comprehensive examination of the debate between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève on the subject of philosophy and tyranny.

Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought

Reflections on principle and prudence in the thoughts and actions of great thinkers and statesmen.

Power

Deepens our understanding of power through a survey of how its dynamics have been understood from ancient times to the present.

Constitutionalism, Executive Power, and the Spirit of Moderation

Leading scholars and legal practitioners explore constitutional, legal, and philosophical topics.

Leo Strauss, Philosopher

European scholars discuss Leo Strauss as a major figure in the history of philosophy.

Political Theory and the Animal/Human Relationship

Examines how the animal/human divide has influenced power dynamics.

Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy

Highlights and critically assesses the work of contemporary Italian political philosophers.

The Ethics of Democracy

Demonstrates how the ethical underpinning of Hegel’s political and social philosophy has relevance for contemporary democratic life.

Thomas Hobbes

By Otfried Höffe
Translated by Nicholas Walker
Subjects: Philosophy

An introduction to Thomas Hobbes as a systematic and not merely political philosopher.

Machiavelli's Secret

Uncovers clues regarding the inner life of Machiavelli's political leaders.

The Sophists in Plato's Dialogues

By David D. Corey
Subjects: Philosophy

Draws out numerous affinities between the sophists and Socrates in Plato's dialogues.

The Political Philosophy of Francis Bacon

An ambitious and radically original reading of philosopher Francis Bacon.

Leo Strauss on the Borders of Judaism, Philosophy, and History

Explores how the thought of Leo Strauss amounts to a model for thinking about the connection between philosophy, Jewish thought, and history.

Honor in Political and Moral Philosophy

Argues for revitalizing the place of honor in contemporary life.

Res Publica

Analysis of Plato’s influence on the political thinking of Kant, Hegel, and Fichte.

The Laws of the Spirit

By Shannon Hoff
Subjects: Philosophy

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

The Political Theory of Aristophanes

Examines the political dimensions of Aristophanes’ comic poetry.

After Leo Strauss

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

Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Rationalism

Examines the German and Jewish sources of Strauss's thought and the extent to which his philosophy can shed light on the crisis of liberal democracy.

Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics

Compelling account of Strauss's mature Maimonidean writings.

In the Spirit of Critique

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

Catastrophe and Redemption

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

Wonder and Generosity

A compelling understanding of equality and difference in public life.

On the Ethics of Torture

By Uwe Steinhoff
Subjects: Philosophy

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

The Lockean Commonwealth

Timely reappraisal of John Locke’s thoughts on the clash between executive emergency power and the importance of the rule of law.

The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah

An original and revolutionary interpretation of the Jews’ destiny in modern politics.

Democracy as Culture

Explores the significance of Dewey’s thought on democracy for the contemporary world.

City of Rhetoric

Examines the relationship of civic discourse to built environments through a case study of the Cabrini Green urban revitalization project in Chicago.

Deliberative Freedom

The first sustained look at the relationship between deliberative democratic theory and the topic of freedom.

The Illusion of Freedom and Equality

Explores how Enlightenment values have been transformed in a technological civilization.

Toward a Political Philosophy of Race

Examines how liberal society enables racism and other forms of discrimination.

The Ends of Solidarity

An in-depth look at the theory of solidarity of German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, serving also as a comprehensive introduction to his work.

Justice and Law

Edited by Steven Scalet
Subjects: Politics And Law

A collection of essays on contemporary issues in justice and law.

Against the State

Irreverent and incisive critique of liberal theories of the state.

Philosophy and the City

Edited by Sharon M. Meagher
Subjects: Philosophy

The definitive source book on philosophy and the city.

The Promise of Memory

Argues for a closer connection between memories of injustice and promises of justice as a means to overcome violence.

The History of the Sevarambians

One of the great utopian novels of the early modern period.

The Step Back

Explores the ethical and political possibilities of philosophy after deconstruction.

Confucian Democracy

Using both Confucian texts and the work of American pragmatist John Dewey, this book offers a distinctly Confucian model of democracy.

The Micro-Politics of Capital

Re-reads Marx in light of the contemporary critical interrogation of subjectivity.

Justice for All

Edited by Steven Scalet
Subjects: Politics And Law

Collection of essays adapted from an undergraduate honors conference held at Binghamton University which address contemporary issues in political philosophy.

Liberty, Rationality, and Agency in Hobbes's Leviathan

A new interpretation of the theory of Hobbes.

Beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism

Edited by Robert R. Williams
Subjects: Politics And Law

Reflects new advances in Hegel scholarship and demonstrates the contemporary relevance of the Philosophy of Right.

The Tragedy of Liberalism

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

Politics in the impasse

Develops a radical politics of community that engages with practical issues such as the Gulf War and the 1992 uprisings in Los Angeles, set against the context of postmodern capitalism.

Science without Myth

This philosophical introduction to and discussion of social and political studies of science argues that scientific knowledge is socially constructed.

Reason, History, and Politics

The author shows that conceptions of rationality in current theories of science and law can account for neither the legitimacy of paradigm shifts nor the communitarian integrity internal to paradigms generally. He proposes an alternative conception of rationality that does.

The Meaning of Religious Freedom

This is the most thorough philosophical analysis available of the principle of religious freedom. It draws on the thought of philosophers and political theorists (Rawls, Habermas, Murray, Rorty, Greenawalt, and Mead) rather than on the framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Problems of Style

This is a unification of Michel Foucault's thought as a systematic epistemological project. Privitera shows that the method and unity of Foucault's writings can only be seen by examining their origins ...

The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt

By turns radical and conservative, Hannah Arendt's work confounds the usual categories and defies conventional expectations. This book provides a comprehensive analytical and developmental study of the ...

A Discourse on Disenchantment

This book is the first full-length study of the ongoing debate over the status of our "disenchanted" world—a world stripped of mysterious and supernatural forces by the demythologizing power of reason ...

Modernity and Authenticity

This study on the contemporary relevance of Rousseau's ethical and social thought, the "ethic of authenticity," responds to the tensions of modern morality and rivals the answers generated by the more ...