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The Political

David Ingram (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21548-6
320 pages
January 2002, ©2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Political is a collection of readings by the most important political philosophers representing the six major schools of Continental philosophy: Phenomenology, Existentialism, Critical Theory, Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, and Postcolonialism.
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List of Contributors.

Preface: David Ingram.

Introduction: David Ingram.

Part I: Phenomenology: Political Action and the Dialectic of Power and Violence.

Part II: Existentialism: Revolutionary Praxi and the Dialectic of Groups and Institutions.

Part III: Critical Theory: Liberal Democracy and the Dialectic of Individual and Community.

Part IV: Poststructuralism: Modern Political Virtue and the Dialectic of Governance and Resistance.

Part V: Modernism.

Part VI: Postcolonialism: Planetary Politics and the Dialectic of Life and Liberation.

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David Ingram is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago. He is author of many books including Habermas and the Dialectic of Reason (1987), Critical Theory and Philosophy (1990), and Group Rights: Reconciling Equality and Difference (2000).
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  • Emphasizes the importance of Continental philosophy in political theory.

  • Includes classic selections from such notable thinkers as Hannah Arendt, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Enrique Dussel.

  • Provides commentary by prominent contemporary theorists such as Iris Marion.
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"A high-powered introduction to key issues in current political philosophy. With original essays, distinguished scholars respond to seminal texts by major figures in the continental tradition. Effective, informative, and timely." Thomas R. Flynn, Emory University

"Selected by a leading specialist in political philosophy, the essays in this collection represent an ingenious way to approach recent debates in continental philosophy. The juxtaposition of essays by major political thinkers with interpretive essays that explain the context reflects thoughtful and clever matchmaking. The historical movements of phenomenology, existentialism, and critical theory are complemented by current discussions of poststructuralism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. This anthology will be a valuable guide to the general reader who is interested in these rubrics as well as a useful text at all levels of the curriculum." David Hoy, University of California, Santa Cruz

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