Summary Book Review Political Theory for Mortals by John E. Seery:
Download or read book Political Theory for Mortals written by John E. Seery and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 2018-10-18 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Despite an abundance of violence occurring in political contexts, no liberal political theorist since Thomas Hobbes has talked directly and coherently about death. John E. Seery does. He contends that liberalism desperately needs a theoretical framework in which to discuss pressing matters of human mortality. Among the contemporary political issues that cry out for theoretical articulation, Seery suggests, are abortion politics, ethnic cleansing, suicide assistance, national reparations, environmental degradation, and capital punishment. Seery offers a new conception of social contract theory as a framework for confronting death issues. He urges us to look to an older tradition of descent into an underworld, wherein classic theorists consulted poetically with the dead and acquired from them political insight and direction. In this lively book, Seery excavates the infernal tradition by rereading the politics of death in Platonism, early Christianity, and contemporary feminism. Building on those traditions, he proposes a new, constructive image of death that can serve democratic theory productively. Reconsidered from the "land of the shades," social contractarian theory is sufficiently altered that, for example, a pro-life Christian and a pro-choice secularist might be able to strike common ground upon which to discuss abortion politics.
Summary Book Review Political Theory for Mortals by John Evan Seery:
Download or read book Political Theory for Mortals written by John Evan Seery and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 1996 with total page 244 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Among the contemporary political issues that cry out for theoretical articulation, Seery suggests, are abortion politics, ethnic cleansing, suicide assistance, national reparations, environmental degradation, and capital punishment.
Summary Book Review The Odyssey of Political Theory by Patrick J. Deneen:
Download or read book The Odyssey of Political Theory written by Patrick J. Deneen and published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. This book was released on 2003-04-14 with total page 287 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This path-breaking and eloquent analysis of The Odyssey, and the way it has been interpreted by political philosophers throughout the centuries, has dramatic implications for the current state of political thought. This important book offers readers original insights into The Odyssey and it provides a new understanding of the classic works of Plato, Rousseau, Vico, Horkheimer, and Adorno. Through his analysis Patrick J. Deneen requires readers to rethink the issues that are truly at the heart of our contemporary 'Culture Wars,' and he encourages us to reassess our assumptions about the Western canon's virtues or viciousness. Deneen's penetrating exploration of Odysseus's and our own enduring battles between the dual temptations of homecoming and exploration, patriotism and cosmopolitanism, and relativism and universality provides an original perspective on contentious debates at the center of modern political theory and philosophy.
Summary Book Review Men in Political Theory by Terrell Carver:
Download or read book Men in Political Theory written by Terrell Carver and published by Manchester University Press. This book was released on 2004 with total page 278 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Men in Political Theory builds on feminist re-readings of the traditional canon of male writers in political philosophy by turning the 'gender lens' on to the representation of men in widely studies texts. It explains the distinction between 'man' as an apparently de-gendered 'individual' or 'citizen', and 'man' as an overtly gendered being in human society. Both these representations of 'man' are crucial to a clearer understanding of the operation of gender. The book is the first to use the 'men's studies' and 'masculinities' literatures in re-thinking the political problems that students and specialists in the social sciences and humanities must encounter: consent, obligation, patriarchy, gender, sexuality, life-cycle and discriminatory disadvantage related to sex, age, class, race/ethnicity and disability. It does this by re-examining the historical materials from which present-day concepts of citizenship, individuality, identity, subjectivity, normativity and legitimacy arise. The 10 chapters on Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx and Engels show the operation of the 'gender lens' in different ways, depending on how the philosopher deploys concepts of men and masculinity to pose and solve classic problems. They can all be read independently and are as suitable for those just making the acquaintance of these classic writers as for those with specialist knowledge and interests.
Summary Book Review The American Road Trip and American Political Thought by Susan McWilliams Barndt:
Download or read book The American Road Trip and American Political Thought written by Susan McWilliams Barndt and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2018-06-21 with total page 138 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: It’s hard to imagine the American dream without American road trips. This book takes readers on a journey through American road trip stories, revealing that they involve more than mere escapism—that they are an important and long-neglected source of American political thought.
Summary Book Review The Politics of Being Mortal by Alfred G. Killilea:
Download or read book The Politics of Being Mortal written by Alfred G. Killilea and published by University Press of Kentucky. This book was released on 2015-01-13 with total page 184 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: While much has been written in recent years on death and dying, there has been little treatment of how people cope with death in the absence of religious belief, and virtually no examination of the potential political repercussions of a wider acceptance of mortality in American society. Alfred Killilea's strikingly original book revolves around a central irony: though the subject of death has been largely shunned in American culture lest it rob life of meaning and contentment, confronting death may be crucial to enable us as individuals and as a society to affirm life, even to survive, in this nuclear age. Killilea argues that the denial of death has fostered a disavowal of limits in general, and that a greater awareness of our mortality would provide a much needed catalyst for change in our political response to narcissism and nuclearism. He traces how, from John Locke to the present, a politics and an economics based on growth for the sake of growth have required an avoidance of human vulnerability. Our confrontation with mortality, Killilea argues, would goad us to question our roles as mere acquirers and to take more seriously the need for equality and community in our society. In charting how we can come to terms with death and how profoundly our attitudes toward death affect our attitudes toward politics, Killilea vides lucid and authoritative commentaries on such provocative thinkers as Earnest Becker, Robert Jay Lifton, Michael Novak, Daniel Bell, Christopher Lasch, and Jonathan Schell. Scholars in many fields as well as interested lay readers will find the treatment of these issues and thinkers compelling. This easily accessible book is an urgent reminder that the most valuable spur to the examined life extolled by Socrates is the knowledge that we will die.
Summary Book Review A Political Companion to Walt Whitman by John Evan Seery:
Download or read book A Political Companion to Walt Whitman written by John Evan Seery and published by University Press of Kentucky. This book was released on 2011-01-01 with total page 386 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Political Companion to Walt Whitman is the first full-length exploration of Whitman's works through the lens of political theory. Editor John E. Seery and a collection of prominent theorists and philosophers uncover the political awareness of Whitman'spoetry and prose, analyzing his faith in the potential of individuals, his call for a revolution in literature and political culture, and his belief in the possibility of combining heroic individualism with democratic justice. --from publisher description
Author :John E. Seery Publisher :State University of New York Press Release Date :2012-02-01 ISBN 10 :9780791487525 Pages :258 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.8/5 (752 users download)
Summary Book Review America Goes to College by John E. Seery:
Download or read book America Goes to College written by John E. Seery and published by State University of New York Press. This book was released on 2012-02-01 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Extols the virtue of small liberal arts colleges and the liberal arts tradition.
Author :Derek W. M. Barker Publisher :State University of New York Press Release Date :2008-11-05 ISBN 10 :9780791477403 Pages :201 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.7/5 (74 users download)
Summary Book Review Tragedy and Citizenship by Derek W. M. Barker:
Download or read book Tragedy and Citizenship written by Derek W. M. Barker and published by State University of New York Press. This book was released on 2008-11-05 with total page 201 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A study of attitudes towards tragedy in both democratic and nondemocractic political theory.
Summary Book Review Hawthorne, Gender, and Death by R. Weldon:
Download or read book Hawthorne, Gender, and Death written by R. Weldon and published by Springer. This book was released on 2008-03-31 with total page 203 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book draws on a range of critical approaches, including cultural anthropology, psychoanalytic theory, political justice theory, and feminist theory, to consider the ways that strategies of death denial and their compensatory consolations offer insight into the ethical, gender, and religious questions raised by Hawthorne's novels.
Summary Book Review Democratic Anxieties by Mario Feit:
Download or read book Democratic Anxieties written by Mario Feit and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 2011-03-15 with total page 206 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Democratic Anxieties: Same-Sex Marriage, Death, and Citizenship takes contemporary opposition to same-sex marriage as a starting point to consider anxieties about sex and death within conceptions of democratic citizenship. It pursues a less anxious democratic citizenship in creative readings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hannah Arendt, and Friedrich Nietzsche, and demonstrates how developing an appreciation of mortality is essential to the continued pluralization of democracy.
Summary Book Review A Political Companion to Walt Whitman by John E. Seery:
Download or read book A Political Companion to Walt Whitman written by John E. Seery and published by University Press of Kentucky. This book was released on 2011-01-28 with total page 385 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “Wonderful . . . a timely invitation to political and social theorists to take seriously this imaginative man who solicited us to think and sing democracy.” —Bonnie Honig, author of Emergency Politics The works of Walt Whitman have been described as masculine, feminine, postcolonial, homoerotic, urban, organic, unique, and democratic, yet arguments about the extent to which Whitman could or should be considered a political poet have yet to be fully confronted. Some scholars disregard Whitman’s understanding of democracy, insisting on separating his personal works from his political works. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman is the first full-length exploration of Whitman’s works through the lens of political theory. Editor John E. Seery and a collection of prominent theorists and philosophers uncover the political awareness of Whitman’s poetry and prose, analyzing his faith in the potential of individuals, his call for a revolution in literature and political culture, and his belief in the possibility of combining heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman reaches beyond literature into political theory, revealing the ideology behind Whitman’s call for the emergence of American poets of democracy. “Exceptionally rich and intellectually exciting.” —Choice
Summary Book Review Ethics in Comedy by Steven A. Benko:
Download or read book Ethics in Comedy written by Steven A. Benko and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2020-10-02 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: All humans laugh. However, there is little agreement about what is appropriate to laugh at. While laughter can unite people by showing how they share values and perspectives, it also has the power to separate and divide. Humor that "crosses the line" can make people feel excluded and humiliated. This collection of new essays addresses possible ways that moral and ethical lines can be drawn around humor and laughter. What would a Kantian approach to humor look like? Do games create a safe space for profanity and offense? Contributors to this volume work to establish and explain guidelines for thinking about the moral questions that arise when humor and laughter intersect with medicine, gender, race, and politics. Drawing from the work of stand-up comedians, television shows, and ethicists, this volume asserts that we are never just joking.
Summary Book Review Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory by Mary G. Dietz:
Download or read book Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory written by Mary G. Dietz and published by University Press of Kansas. This book was released on 1990-01-30 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume explores, from a variety of perspectives, the political theory of the man who is arguably the greatest English political thinker. It is the first substantial collection of new, critical essays on Thomas Hobbes by leading scholars in over a decade. Hobbes’s writings stirred debate in his own lifetime, for two centuries thereafter, and continue to do so in ours. They emerged in a period of intense political turmoil—a time of civil war and regicide, of puritanical rule and royal restoration. “They were motivated,” Dietz argues, “by concrete political problems and a practical concern, namely, to secure political order, absolute sovereignty, and civil peace.” The contributors emphasize and answer a series of expressly political questions that, to date, have not been fully addressed in the Hobbes literature. They contend that Hobbes’s writings are not mere static artifacts of a particular historical milieu, but rather rich sources of a variety of interpretations and criticisms that spur discussion and debate in their turn.
Summary Book Review American Mourning by Simon Stow:
Download or read book American Mourning written by Simon Stow and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2017-07-25 with total page 247 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This insightful study employs public mourning as a lens to identify and address the shortcomings of American democracy.
Summary Book Review States Without Nations by Jacqueline Stevens:
Download or read book States Without Nations written by Jacqueline Stevens and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2009 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: As citizens, we hold certain truths to be self-evident: that the rights to own land, marry, inherit property, and especially to assume birthright citizenship should be guaranteed by the state. The laws promoting these rights appear not only to preserve our liberty but to guarantee society remains just. Yet considering how much violence and inequality results from these legal mandates, Jacqueline Stevens asks whether we might be making the wrong assumptions. Would a world without such laws be more just? Arguing that the core laws of the nation-state are more about a fear of death than a desire for freedom, Jacqueline Stevens imagines a world in which birthright citizenship, family inheritance, state-sanctioned marriage, and private land ownership are eliminated. Would chaos be the result? Drawing on political theory and history and incorporating contemporary social and economic data, she brilliantly critiques our sentimental attachments to birthright citizenship, inheritance, and marriage and highlights their harmful outcomes, including war, global apartheid, destitution, family misery, and environmental damage. It might be hard to imagine countries without the rules of membership and ownership that have come to define them, but as Stevens shows, conjuring new ways of reconciling our laws with the condition of mortality reveals the flaws of our present institutions and inspires hope for moving beyond them.
Summary Book Review Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory by Yannis Stavrakakis:
Download or read book Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory written by Yannis Stavrakakis and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2019-09-05 with total page 464 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The emerging field of psychoanalytic political theory has now reached a stage in its development and rapid evolution that deserves to be registered, systematically defined, and critically evaluated. This handbook provides the first reference volume which showcases the current state of psychoanalytic political theory, maps the genealogy of its development, identifies its conceptual and methodological resources, and highlights its analytical innovations as well as its critical promise. The handbook consists of 35 chapters, offering original, comprehensive, and critical reviews of this field of study. The chapters are divided into five thematic sections: • The figures section discusses the work of major psychoanalytic theorists who have considerably influenced the development of psychoanalytic political theory. • The traditions section genealogically recounts and critically reassesses the many attempts throughout the 20th century of experimenting with the articulation between psychoanalysis and political theory in a consistent way. • The concepts section asks what are the concepts that psychoanalysis offers for appropriation by political theory. • The themes section presents concrete examples of how psychoanalytic political theory can be productively applied in the analysis of racism, gender, nationalism, consumerism, and so on. • The challenges/controversies section captures how psychoanalytic political theory can lead the way towards theoretical and analytical innovation in many disciplinary fields that deal with cutting-edge issues. The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory will serve as a scholarly reference volume for all students and researchers studying political theory, psychoanalysis, and the history of ideas.