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The Idea of the State (Contemporary Political Theory)

The Idea of the State (Contemporary Political Theory) [Kindle Edition]

Peter J. Steinberger

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'Rarely in recent memory has so much scholarship and intellectual energy gone in to defending claims that virtually everyone - from the social welfare-oriented Rawlsians, to Hayek- or Nozick-inspired libertarians, to radical democrats, to fans of Marx or Foucault - would reflexively repudiate. Steinberger is well aware that he has an uphill battle to fight … Yet fight it he does, with a praiseworthy consistency, clarity and incisiveness.' Dana Villa, Political Theory

'Steinberger has crafted a theoretical structure that is striking in its originality, comprehensive in its coverage, bold in its willingness to depart from contemporary currents and learned in its conversation with the history of political thought.' Perspectives on Politics

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Political theory has been characterized by a pronounced distrust of metaphysical or ontological speculation for more than a half-century. However, Peter J. Steinberger reaffirms the importance of systematic philosophical inquiry into the foundations of political life in view of changing trends. Steinberger demonstrates how such an approach can cast a new and instructive light on a variety of controversial, seemingly intractable problems of tolerance, civil disobedience, democracy and consent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4087 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (31 Jan 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CUCB22
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