Category: Political Theory

  • Imperiled Life: Revolution against Climate Catastrophe (Anarchist Interventions)

    By Javier Sethness-Castro

    Imperiled Life theorizes an go out from the possibly terminal results of capital-induced weather swap. it's a selection of reflections at the phenomenon of catastrophe—climatological, political, social—as good as at the probabilities of overcoming catastrophe. Javier Sethness-Castro provides the awful information from modern climatologists whereas supplying a reconstructive imaginative and prescient encouraged via anarchist highbrow traditions and selling serious inspiration as a way of fixing our old trajectory.

    “In a weather swap debate pumped jam-packed with duplicity and evasion, Javier Sethness-Castro blasts in air-clearing testomony to the calamity dealing with humanity. Sethness-Castro argues boldly that humanity is the asteroid this time, liable for one of many nice extinctions in earth’s historical past. Imperiled Life is not any halfhearted name to shuffle the lightbulbs on a sinking terrestrial Titanic. It calls for we reconsider our philosophies, reorganize our societies, and remodel our economies if we're to flee a destiny of being survived in simple terms via valleys of bones and mountains of garbage.” —Arun Gupta, cofounder of the Indypendent and the Occupied Wall highway Journal

    “Javier Sethness-Castro right here importantly diagnoses the ways that today’s dominant traits towards fascist authoritarianism, on line casino capitalism, and cataclysmic militarism ominously intend a planetary destiny predicated on common genocide, ecological cave in, and the enclosure of ethical development. in addition, Imperiled Life offers desire that social events all over the world are actively suffering to discover universal rebel reason together—to democratically occupy the worldwide energy constitution, paintings for human, animal, and earth liberation, and create sustainable group possible choices. may well this essentially switch the political weather of our destiny such that justice, peace, and happiness on the earth are greater than simply utopian urges or filthy privileges of the large affluent!” —Richard Kahn, writer of Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy, and Planetary Crisis

    “This is an incredibly well-researched and well-written publication, supplying either a historical past of our know-how of the arriving worldwide environmental cave in, and a believable or even inspiring plan for current and destiny motion. The extra those that learn it, the higher humanity’s percentages will be.” —Kim Stanley Robinson, writer of Green Mars

    Imperiled Life is an offended and pressing dissection of the omnivorous financial system that's mercilessly turning the planet right into a demise camp.” —Jeffrey St. Clair, coeditor of Counterpunch and writer of Born lower than a foul Sky
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  • State, Power, Socialism

    Constructing topics of his past works, Poulantzas right here advances a full of life critique of up to date Marxist theories of the country, arguing opposed to a common idea of the country, and deciding on different types of type strength an important to socialist method that is going past the equipment of the state.

    This new version comprises an creation through Stuart corridor, which severely appraises Poulantzas’s success.
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  • Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory)

    By Rahel Jaeggi

    The Hegelian-Marxist proposal of alienation fell out of style after the postmetaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist perspectives of human nature. during this booklet Rahel Jaeggi attracts at the Hegelian philosophical culture, phenomenological analyses grounded in sleek conceptions of enterprise, and up to date paintings within the analytical culture to reconceive alienation because the absence of a significant dating to oneself and others, which manifests in emotions of helplessness and the despondent attractiveness of ossified social roles and expectations.

    A revived method of alienation is helping severe social idea have interaction with phenomena akin to meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. via severing alienation's hyperlink to a problematical perception of human essence whereas maintaining its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi presents assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected situation in modern liberal political philosophy. Her paintings revisits the arguments of Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, putting them in discussion with Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, and Charles Taylor.

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  • The Marxism of Che Guevara: Philosophy, Economics, Revolutionary Warfare (Critical Currents in Latin American Perspective Series)

    By Michael Löwy

    In this seminal exploration of Che Guevara's contributions to Marxist considering, Michael Löwy strains Che's rules approximately Marxism either as they with regards to Latin the US and to extra normal philosophical, political, and financial matters. Now revised and up to date, this variation incorporates a bankruptcy on Guevara's look for a brand new paradigm of socialism and a great essay via Peter McLaren on Che's persisted relevance this day. Löwy portrays Guevara as a innovative humanist who thought of all political questions from an internationalist standpoint. For him, progressive activities in Latin the US have been a part of a global technique of emancipation. Löwy considers specially Che's perspectives at the contradiction among socialist making plans and the legislation of worth within the Cuban financial system and his look for another street to the "actually current socialism" of the Stalinist and post-Stalinist Soviet bloc.

    Che's different occupations—doctor and economist, progressive and banker, agitator and ambassador, commercial organizer and guerrilla fighter—were expressions of a deep dedication to social switch. This publication eloquently captures his perspectives on humanity, his contributions to the idea of progressive conflict, and his rules approximately society's transition to socialism, delivering a cohesive, nuanced creation to the diversity of Guevara's thought.
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  • Discovering Imperialism: Social Democracy to World War I (Historical Materialism Book)

    Though basically linked to the main trendy figures within the historical past of eu Marxism—Lenin, Luxemburg, Hilferding, and Bukharin—the conception of imperialism used to be really constructed via energetic and engaged debates in the moment overseas from 1898–1916. This quantity assembles and interprets for the 1st time the most records from this debate, and lines contributions from Karl Kautsky, Parvus, Otto Bauer, Karl Radek, Anton Pannekoek, and Trotsky, between various others.
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  • Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State

    By Anna Stilz

    Many political theorists at the present time deny that citizenship will be defended on liberal grounds by myself. Cosmopolitans declare that loyalty to a specific nation is incompatible with common liberal rules, which carry that we've got equivalent tasks of justice to individuals all over, whereas nationalist theorists justify civic duties simply through attaining past liberal rules and invoking the significance of nationwide tradition. In Liberal Loyalty, Anna Stilz demanding situations either perspectives by means of protecting a distinctively liberal figuring out of citizenship.

    Drawing on Kant, Rousseau, and Habermas, Stilz argues that we owe civic tasks to the country whether it is sufficiently simply, and that constitutionally enshrined rules of justice in themselves--rather than territory, universal language, or shared culture--are grounds for obedience to our specific nation and for democratic harmony with our fellow electorate. She demonstrates that specifying what freedom and equality suggest between a selected humans calls for their democratic participation jointly as a gaggle. Justice, accordingly, will depend on the authority of the democratic nation simply because there's no means equivalent freedom will be outlined or assured with no it. but, as Stilz exhibits, this doesn't suggest that every folks should still entertain a few imprecise loyalty to democracy usually. voters are politically obligated to their very own kingdom and to one another, simply because inside their specific democracy they outline and finally warrantly their very own civil rights.

    Liberal Loyalty is a persuasive safeguard of citizenship on in simple terms liberal grounds.

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  • The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume 1: Authority

    Michael Walzer, Menachem Lorberbaum, Noam J. Zohar (eds.); Yair Lorberbaum (co-editor)

    Chosen as a finalist for the 2000 nationwide Jewish publication Awards within the concept classification given by means of the Jewish publication Council

    This ebook launches a landmark four-volume collaborative paintings exploring the political considered the Jewish humans from biblical instances to the current. each one quantity encompasses a number of texts—from the Bible and Talmud, midrashic literature, criminal responsa, treatises, and pamphlets—annotated for contemporary readers and observed via new commentaries written via eminent philosophers, attorneys, political theorists, and different students operating in several fields of Jewish experiences. those members subscribe to the arguments of the texts, agreeing or disagreeing, elaborating, refining, qualifying, and occasionally repudiating the political opinions of the unique authors. The sequence brings the little-known and unexplored Jewish culture of political considering and writing into the sunshine, displaying the place and the way it resonates within the country of Israel, the executive diaspora settlements, and, extra widely, sleek political adventure.

    This first quantity, Authority, addresses the fundamental query of who should rule the group: What claims to rule were recommend from the time of the exodus from Egypt to the institution of the country of Israel? How are such claims disputed and defended? What constitutes valid authority? The authors speak about the authority of God, then the claims of kings, monks, prophets, rabbis, lay leaders, gentile rulers (during the years of the exile), and the Israeli nation. the quantity concludes with numerous views at the factor of even if a latest country might be either Jewish and democratic. approaching volumes will deal with the subjects of club, group, and political vision.

    Among the participants to this volume:

    Amy Gutmann

    Moshe Halbertal

    David Hartman

    Moshe Idel

    Sanford Levinson

    Susan Neiman

    Hilary Putnam

    Joseph Raz

    Michael Sandel

    Allan Silver

    Yael Tamir


    “[This e-book] either introduces a convention of political proposal that has formerly been principally neglected, and . . . whilst contributes to this custom. It describes how Jews have thought of governance, communal association, and authority during the a while, and indicates how Jews should take into consideration these items at the present time. . . . The Jewish Political culture is notable for either what it does and the way it does it. it's a just right fulfillment. while Jews name themselves the folk of the ebook, this is often this sort of booklet they've got, or at the least should have, in mind.”—Noah J. Efron, Boston e-book Review

    “An vital contribution to figuring out the connection of Jewish conventional resources to political inspiration as utilized to the country of Israel and the diaspora.”—Choice

    “In this primary publication of a four-volume sequence . . . the political arguments of 2 millennia are made obtainable to a brand new new release of basic readers. . . . a few of the medieval and smooth texts are translated into English for the 1st time. . . . This hugely accomplished and scholarly paintings is usually recommended for educational libraries.”—Library Journal

    “The Jewish Political culture is without doubt one of the such a lot bold Jewish highbrow efforts of contemporary years. . . . This e-book is sort of novel—and on a grand scale.”—David Novak, New Republic

    “It isn't really usually that one opens a booklet and understands with no query that it'll be instantly vital in its box. This anthology on authority within the Jewish political culture and the 3 volumes to persist with (on club, group, and politics in historical past) not just will function crucial references yet will increase the contours of a box that's in infancy.”—Benjamin Edidin Scolnic, views on Political Science

    “This is a pioneering paintings, and possible in basic terms desire the subsequent volumes will emulate the meticulous criteria of this very good volume.”—Stephen D. Benin, non secular reviews Review

    “The Jewish Political culture mounts an audacious, erudite, and significant problem to dominant interpretations of Jewish political history.”—Julie E. Cooper, Tikkun: A Bimonthly Jewish Critique of Politics, tradition, and Society

    “Mr. Walzer and his collaborators have succeeded admirably, commencing a brand new bankruptcy in our realizing of Jewish event and providing clean views at the abiding questions of politics everywhere.”—Mark Lilla, Wall highway Journal

    “This paintings is the main complete try out that has ever been undertaken to give a thematic compilation of the $64000 texts of the Jewish political culture. it's a huge project.”—Jeffrey Macy, The Hebrew collage of Jerusalem
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  • Althusser: The Detour of Theory (Historical Materialism Book Series)

    By Gregory Elliott


    First released in 1987, Althusser, The Detour of concept was once commonly obtained because the fullest account of its topic up to now. Drawing on quite a lot of hitherto untranslated fabric, it tested the political and highbrow contexts of Althusser’s ‘return to Marx’ within the mid-1960s; analysed the unconventional personality of the Marxism built in his significant works; charted their author’s next evolution, from his self-criticism to the proclamation of a ‘crisis of Marxism’; and concluded with a balance-sheet of Althusser’s contribution to old materialism. ?For this moment version, Gregory Elliott has further a considerable postscript within which he surveys the posthumous version of the French philosopher’s paintings released within the Nineteen Nineties, from the early writings of the Nineteen Forties via to the past due texts of the Eighties, referring to the unknown Althusser published through them to the wide-spread determine of For Marx and studying Capital, including a accomplished bibliography of Althusser’s oeuvre.

    Gregory Elliott was once informed at Balliol university, Oxford, the place he accomplished his D.Phil. on Louis Althusser in 1985. An self sufficient translator and author, his books comprise Perry Anderson: The cruel Laboratory of heritage (1998). His newest translation is Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello’s the recent Spirit of Capitalism(2006)..


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  • Leo Strauss, The Straussians, and the Study of the American Regime

    By John A. Murley

    "Responding to risky criticisms usually leveled at Leo Strauss and people he motivated, the admired individuals to this quantity exhibit the profound impact that Strauss and his scholars have exerted on American liberal democracy and modern political idea. by way of stressing the long-lasting energy of vintage books and by means of articulating the theoretical and functional flaws of relativism and historicism, the participants argue that Strauss and the Straussians have pointed out basic crises of modernity and liberal democracy. This booklet emphasizes the large diversity of Strauss's impact, from literary feedback to constitutional proposal, and it denies the lifestyles of a monolithic Straussian political orthodoxy. either critics and supporters of Strauss' concept are integrated. All political theorists drawn to Strauss's amazing impression on political proposal should want to learn this book."
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  • Between Nihilism and Politics: The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo (SUNY Series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy)

    Essays describe Italian thinker Gianni Vattimo’s detailed and radical hermeneutic philosophy.

    This is the 1st selection of essays in English that bargains without delay with the philosophy of Gianni Vattimo from a merely critical point of view, additional constructing his rightful position in modern ecu philosophy. Vattimo, who first got here to prominence because the translator of Gadamer’s Truth and Method into Italian, is now thought of to be greater than a thinker and prolific writer. As a former member of the eu Parliament (1999–2004), he's additionally a public highbrow. This ebook takes up his name to improve the an important lively and affirmative engagement with pondering and society. greater than simply interpretations of Vattimo’s pondering, those essays are expressions of the recent impetus given to hermeneutic philosophy via “weak thought,” the time period he coined for a way we expect now within the wake of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Gadamer. The improvement of Vattimo’s considering is mirrored within the association of the quantity, divided into 3 major elements: Hermeneutics and Nihilism, Metaphysics and faith, and Politics and know-how.
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