Category: Political Theory

  • Lenin and the Logic of Hegemony: Political Practice and Theory in the Class Struggle (Historical Materialism Book)

    Using Gramsci’s idea of ‘hegemony’ Alan Shandro deals an unique interpretation of Lenin’s political perform and theory.

    Through a cautious textual research of the writings of Lenin and his contemporaries, Shandro strains the ways that Lenin’s political perform and concept led him to the ‘philosophical truth’ of hegemony. This unique and groundbreaking research demolishes lots of caricatures of Lenin’s position as political actor and philosopher, and illuminates the underlying parameters of hegemony in the category struggle.
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  • Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940 (Studies in Global Social History)

    Narratives of anarchist and syndicalist historical past in the course of the period of the 1st globalization and imperialism (1870-1930) have overwhelmingly been built round a Western ecu culture established on discrete nationwide situations. This parochial standpoint in most cases ignores transnational connections and the contemporaneous lifestyles of huge and influential libertarian routine in Africa, Asia, Latin the USA, and jap Europe. but anarchism and syndicalism, from their very inception on the First foreign, have been conceived and built as overseas activities. by way of concentrating on the neglected situations of the colonial and postcolonial international, this quantity underscores the global size of those pursuits and their centrality in anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggles. Drawing on in-depth ancient analyses of the ideology, constitution, and praxis of anarchism/syndicalism, it additionally offers clean views and classes for these attracted to figuring out their resurgence today.

    participants are Luigi Biondi, Arif Dirlik, Anthony Gorman, Steven Hirsch, Dongyoun Hwang, Geoffroy de Laforcade, Emmet O'Connor, Kirk Shaffer, Aleksandr Shubin, Edilene Toledo, and Lucien van der Walt.

    With a foreword by way of Benedict Anderson.
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  • Hezbollah: A History of the "Party of God"

    By Dominique Avon, Anas-Trissa Khatchadourian

    Jane Marie Todd (tr.)

    For thirty years, Hezbollah has performed a pivotal function in Lebanese and international politics. That visibility has invited Hezbollah’s lionization and vilification via outdoors observers, and while has avoided a clear-eyed view of Hezbollah’s position within the historical past of the center East and its destiny plan of action. Dominique Avon and Anaïs-Trissa Khatchadourian supply right here a nonpartisan account which bargains insights into Hezbollah that Western media have overlooked or misunderstood.

    Now a part of the Lebanese govt, Hezbollah however continues to be in rigidity with either the transnational Shiite group and a religiously diversified Lebanon. Calling for an Islamic regime might chance wasting serious allies at domestic, yet even as Hezbollah’s leaders can't say liberal regime is the answer for the longer term. as a result, they use the ambiguous expression “civil yet believer state.”

    What occurs while a firm based as a voice of “revolution” after which “resistance” occupies a place of strength, but witnesses the cave in of its shut best friend, Syria? How will Hezbollah’s voice evolve because the occasion struggles to reconcile its local responsibilities with its spiritual ideals? The authors’ analyses of those key questions—buttressed by means of their transparent English translations of foundational files, together with Hezbollah’s open letter of 1985 and its 2009 constitution, and an in-depth thesaurus of key theological and political phrases utilized by the party’s leaders—make Hezbollah a useful source for all readers drawn to the way forward for this risky force.

    Though the e-book used to be written earlier than the outbreak of violence in Syria--and therefore ahead of Hezbollah's dying because the hero of the Arabs--it offers very important perception into the anomaly of Hezbollah's ideology and the crux of the party's present predicament...[The] e-book lays the floor for realizing Hezbollah's fall from Arab grace and present occasions within the Levant. (Samuel Helfont New Republic on-line 2013-01-22)

    It serves good as a guide to the Hezbollah movement...The inclusion of interesting old files and important reference info make the ebook important for college kids looking to comprehend the circulation. (P. Rowe selection 2013-05-01)
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  • Daoism and Anarchism: Critiques of State Autonomy in Ancient and Modern China (Contemporary Anarchist Studies)

    By John A. Rapp

    This quantity within the modern Anarchist reports sequence makes a speciality of anti-statist reviews in historic and sleek China and demonstrates that China doesn't have an unchallenged authoritarian political culture.

    Treating anarchism as a critique of centralized kingdom energy, the paintings first examines radical Daoist inspiration from the 4th century BCE to the ninth century CE and compares Daoist philosophers and poets to Western anarchist and utopian thinkers. this can be by means of a survey of anarchist subject matters in dissident idea within the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the current. A concluding bankruptcy discusses how Daoist anarchism might be utilized to any anarchist-inspired radical critique at the present time.

    This paintings not just demanding situations the standard principles of the scope and nature of dissent in China, it additionally presents a special comparability of old chinese language Daoist anarchism to Western anarchist. that includes formerly untranslated texts, corresponding to the ninth century Buddhist anarchist tract, the Wunengzi, and essays from the PRC press, it will likely be a necessary source to an individual learning anarchism, chinese language political inspiration, political dissent, and political background.
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  • Machiavelli and Republicanism (Ideas in Context)

    By Quentin Skinner, Maurizio Viroli

    This hugely acclaimed quantity brings jointly many of the world's most advantageous historians of principles to contemplate Machiavelli's political idea within the better context of the ecu republican culture, and a twin of Machiavelli held by way of different republicans. a global workforce of students from a number of disciplinary backgrounds (notably legislations, philosophy, heritage and the historical past of political suggestion) discover either the speedy Florentine context within which Machiavelli wrote, and the republican legacy to which he contributed.
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  • Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea (The Berkeley Tanner Lectures)

    By Axel Honneth

    Within the early twentieth century, Marxist thought used to be enriched and rejuvenated by way of adopting the concept that of reification, brought via the Hungarian theorist Georg Lukács to spot and denounce the transformation of ancient strategies into ahistorical entities, human activities into issues that appeared a part of an immutable "second nature." For various purposes, either theoretical and functional, the hopes put in de-reification as a device of innovative emancipation proved useless. In those unique and imaginitive essays, introduced because the Tanner Lectures on the college of California, Berkeley in 2005, the prestigious third-generation Frankfurt institution thinker Axel Honneth makes an attempt to rescue the idea that of reification by way of recasting it when it comes to the philosophy of popularity he has been constructing during the last twenty years. 3 uncommon political and social theorists: Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, and Jonathan Lear, reply with not easy questions on the imperative anthropological premise of his argument, the idea that sooner than cognition there's a primary adventure of intersubjective attractiveness that may offer a normative average wherein present social family could be judged sought after. Honneth listens conscientiously to their feedback and gives a robust safeguard of his place.

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  • Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability, and Deliberative Democracy

    By David A. Crocker

    Poverty, inequality, violence, environmental degradation, and tyranny proceed to afflict the realm. Ethics of world improvement bargains an ethical mirrored image at the ends and technique of neighborhood, nationwide, and worldwide efforts to beat those 5 scourges. After emphasizing the position of ethics in improvement reviews, policy-making, and perform, David A. Crocker analyzes and evaluates Amartya Sen's philosophy of improvement in terms of replacement moral outlooks. He argues that Sen's flip to powerful beliefs of human service provider and democracy improves on either Sen's prior emphasis on 'capabilities and functionings' and Martha Nussbaum's model of the aptitude orientation. This agency-focused potential method is then prolonged and reinforced by way of making use of it to the demanding situations of consumerism and starvation, the advance duties of prosperous contributors and countries, and the dilemmas of globalization. through the e-book the writer argues for the significance of extra inclusive and deliberative democratic associations.
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  • Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922 (Historical Materialism Book Series)

    The lawsuits of the final Comintern congress within which Lenin participated, eventually to be had in English, unearths a Communist international circulation grappling to reconcile the aim of unifying staff and colonial humans in fight with that of urgent ahead to socialist revolution. the main of nationwide events’ autonomy lines opposed to demands extra stringent centralization. Debates variety over the start of Fascism, the decay of the Versailles Treaty process, the increase of colonial revolution, and women’s emancipation. Newly translated and richly annotated, the stenographic transcript of the month-long congress discloses a wealthy spectrum of viewpoints between delegates. necessary resource fabric on early Communism is supplemented by way of an analytic creation, certain footnotes, greater than 500 brief biographies, thesaurus, chronology, and index.
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  • The Drama of Humanity and Other Miscellaneous Papers: 1939-1985 (Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Volume 33)

    By Eric Voegelin


    This moment quantity of Eric Voegelin’s miscellaneous papers comprises unpublished writings from the time of his pressured emigration from Austria in 1938 until eventually his demise in 1985. The volume’s concentration is on discussion and dialogue, offering Voegelin within the position of lecturer, discussant, and respondent. “The Drama of Humanity” offers the Walter Turner Candler Lectures introduced in 4 elements at Emory college in 1967. this article, a small ebook in itself, addresses the subjects of “The modern Situation,” “Man within the Cosmos,” “The Epiphany of Man,” and “Man in Revolt,” supplying the reader with a great creation to Voegelin’s later work.
    Another wide textual content integrated during this quantity is “Conversations with Eric Voegelin on the Thomas extra Institute” in Montreal. those exchanges comprise lectures and discussions given by way of Voegelin among 1967 and 1976. a couple of different sections supply perception into Voegelin’s highbrow improvement over a interval of 40 years. those contain the whole “Foreword” to the second one version of The Political Religions, which is released right here for the 1st time; “Notes on T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets;” the “Cycle conception and Disintegrations;” “What Is Political Theory?;” “The religious and Political way forward for the Western World;” “Notes on ‘Civilization and international Affairs;’” “Structures of Consciousness;” “The past and Its Parousia;” and the 1983 “Responses on the Panel dialogue of ‘The starting of the Beginning.’”
    Several long excerpts from convention dialogues with different students also are integrated: “The West and the that means of commercial Society,” “Natural legislations in Political Theory,” and “Man in Political Institutions.” quantity 33 concludes with Voegelin’s “Autobiographical assertion on the Age of Eighty-Two,” his final public utterance at the process his existence and his life’s paintings. by way of deciding upon discussion because the concentration of this quantity, Petropulos and Weiss may be able to exhibit not just the level to which Voegelin engaged in an trade of rules but in addition his abiding challenge for the sensible and theoretical stipulations beneficial to ensure that this alternate to take place.
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