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Thoreau S Nature

Author : Jane Bennett
ISBN : 0742521419
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Thoreau's Nature: Ethics, Politics, and the Wild explores how Thoreau crafted a life open to "the Wild," a term that marks the startling element of foreignness in every object of experience, however familiar. Thoreau's encounters with nature, Bennett argues, allowed him to resist his all-too-human tendency toward intellectual laziness, social conformity, and political complacency. Bennett pursues this theme by constructing a series of dialogues between Thoreau and our contemporaries: Foucault on identity and power, Haraway on the nature/culture of division, Hollywood celebrities on the Walden Woods Project, the National Endowment for the Humanities on politics and art, and Kafka on the question of political idealism. The pertinence to the late 20th century of Thoreau's pursuit of independent judgment, ecological foresight, and moral nobility becomes apparent through these engagements.

Edmund Burke

Author : Stephen K. White
ISBN : 0742521354
Genre : Philosophy
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Edmund Burke: Modernity, Politics, and Aesthetics examines the philosophy of Burke in view of its contribution to our understanding of modernity. Stephen K. White argues that Burke shows us how modernity engenders an implicit forgetfulness of human finitude. White illustrates this theme by showing how Burke's political thought, his judgment of the 'modern system of morality and policy, ' and its taste for a 'false sublime' are structured by his aesthetics

Michel Foucault And The Politics Of Freedom

Author : Thomas L. Dumm
ISBN : 9781461609186
Genre : Philosophy
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What is freedom? In this study, Thomas Dumm challenges the conventions that have governed discussions and debates concerning modern freedom by bringing the work of Michel Foucault into dialogue with contemporary liberal thought. While Foucault has been widely understood to have characterized the modern era as being opposed to the realization of freedom, Dumm shows how this characterization conflates FoucaultOs genealogy of discipline with his overall view of the practices of being free. Dumm demonstrates how FoucaultOs critical genealogy does not shrink from understanding the ways in which modern subjects are constrained and shaped by forces greater than themselves, but how it instead works through these constraints to provide, not simply a vision of liberation, but a joyous wisdom concerned with showing us, in his words, that we Oare much freer than we feel.O Both as an introduction to Foucault and as an intervention in liberal theory, Michel Foucault and the Politics of Freedom is bound to change how we think about the limits and possibilities of freedom in late modernity.

The Reluctant Modernism Of Hannah Arendt

Author : Seyla Benhabib
ISBN : 0742521516
Genre : Political Science
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The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt rereads Arendt's political philosophy in light of newly gained insights into the historico-cultural background of her work. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Dialogues With Contemporary Political Theorists

Author : Gary Browning
ISBN : 9780230303058
Genre : Philosophy
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Dialogues with Contemporary Political Theorists consists of a series of dialogues with pre-eminent contemporary political theorists that are undertaken by political theorists, who are currently interested in and engaged by their work. The dialogues deal with the influences upon and significant works of these major theorists as well as their views on the current state of political theory and the significant issues of contemporary politics. The political theorists who are the focus of these dialogues represent all major aspects of contemporary political theory, and are drawn from several areas of the globe. What they have in common and reveal in these interviews are fascinating backgrounds and influences and highly individual perspectives on theory and politics. The upshot is a multi-faceted introduction to political theory today.

The Thoreau Society Bulletin

Author : Thoreau Society
ISBN : UOM:39015067470545
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The Reluctant Modernism Of Hannah Arendt

Author : Şeyla Benhabib
ISBN : 0803938160
Genre : Philosophy
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Interpreting the work of one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt rereads Arendt's political philosophy in the light of newly gained insights into the historico-cultural background of her work. Arguing against the standard interpretation of Hannah Arendt as an antimodernist lover of the Greek polis, author Seyla Benhabib contends that Arendt's thought emerges out of a double legacy: German Existenz philosophy, and particularly the thought of Martin Heidegger, and her experiences as a German-Jewess in the age of totalitarianism. Beginning with a detailed examination of Arendt's biography of Rahel Varnhagen, a German-Jewish salonniere of the 18th century, this important volume reconsiders Arendt's theory of modernity, her concept of the public sphere, her distinction between the social and the political, her theory of totalitarianism, and her critique of the modern nation-state, including her lifelong involvement with Jewish and Israeli politics. Benhabib concludes that in illuminating the issues of this century we should think "with Arendt, contra Arendt." Examining the philosophy of one of the most intriguing figures in modern political theory, The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt will be an invaluable resource for students and professionals in political science, political theory, and comparative politics. "On the now quite long shelf of Hannah Arendt studies, only a few matter. This is the one!" --Elizabeth Young-Bruehl, Harvard College "A strikingly original interpretation of Hannah Arendt that brings into the foreground the significance of Arendt's biography of Rahel Varnhagen, Arendt's concern with Jewish politics, and her attempt to understand the emergence of totalitarianism. This provides the context for a fresh reading of The Human Mind and The Life of the Mind, as well as the complex relation between Arendt and Heidegger. Anyone interested in the recent resurgence of international interest in Arendt and her relevance for contemporary political thought will find Seyla Benhabib's comprehensive and judicious analysis invaluable." --Richard J. Bernstein, Department of Philosophy, New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College "Seyla Benhabib's remarkable and nuanced book is the first to give Hannah Arendt's ambivalent relationship to modernity the complex and critical assessment it deserves. Focusing on Arendt's philosophical debt to Martin Heidegger as well as on her efforts to confront its failure by extending his insights to the political realm, Benhabib situates Arendt's thinking at the crossroads between existential phenomenology and her experience as a Jewish exile in the age of totalitarianism. She demonstrates that Arendt's work is most productively read as a rich reflection on the ways that the modern world gives rise to paradoxical experiences of the outsider and the insider and equality and difference, culminating the achievement of The Origins of Totalitarianism. Written with force and clarity, this study is indispensable for any serious encounter with Arendt's thought." --Anson Rabinbach, Princeton University "A brilliant, historically sensitive and deeply sympathetic but not at all uncritical account of the entire range of Arendt's thought. It weaves its way through Arendt's personal experiences, philosophical influences, and cultural context with remarkable subtlety and ease. Few books on Arendt offer a more vivid and reliable account of the unity of her life and thought." --Bhikhu Parekh, Visiting Professor, Harvard University

Merleau Ponty And Modern Politics After Anti Humanism

Author : Diana H. Coole
ISBN : 0742533379
Genre : Political Science
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In this important new book, Diana Coole shows how existential phenomenology illuminates and enlivens our understanding of politics. Merleau-Pontys focus on embodied experience allows us to approach political life in a manner that is both critical and engaged. With breadth of vision and penetrating insight, Coole demonstrates that political questions were always central to Merleau-Pontys philosophical project. Her examination of his complete body of work presents us with a rigorous philosophy that maintains our capacities for agency despite moving beyond a philosophy of the subject.

The History Of Natural History

Author : Gavin D. R. Bridson
ISBN : UOM:39015079333848
Genre : Nature
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Thoreauvian Modernities

Author : François Specq
ISBN : 9780820344294
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Does Thoreau belong to the past or to the future? Instead of canonizing him as a celebrant of “pure” nature apart from the corruption of civilization, the essays in Thoreauvian Modernities reveal edgier facets of his work—how Thoreau is able to unsettle as well as inspire and how he is able to focus on both the timeless and the timely. Contributors from the United States and Europe explore Thoreau's modernity and give a much-needed reassessment of his work in a global context. The first of three sections, “Thoreau and (Non)Modernity,” views Thoreau as a social thinker who set himself against the “modern” currents of his day even while contributing to the emergence of a new era. By questioning the place of humans in the social, economic, natural, and metaphysical order, he ushered in a rethinking of humanity's role in the natural world that nurtured the environmental movement. The second section, “Thoreau and Philosophy,” examines Thoreau's writings in light of the philosophy of his time as well as current philosophical debates. Section three, “Thoreau, Language, and the Wild,” centers on his relationship to wild nature in its philosophical, scientific, linguistic, and literary dimensions. Together, these sixteen essays reveal Thoreau's relevance to a number of fields, including science, philosophy, aesthetics, environmental ethics, political science, and animal studies. Thoreauvian Modernities posits that it is the germinating power of Thoreau's thought—the challenge it poses to our own thinking and its capacity to address pressing issues in a new way—that defines his enduring relevance and his modernity. Contributors: Kristen Case, Randall Conrad, David Dowling, Michel Granger, Michel Imbert, Michael Jonik, Christian Maul, Bruno Monfort, Henrik Otterberg, Tom Pughe, David M. Robinson, William Rossi, Dieter Schulz, François Specq, Joseph Urbas, Laura Dassow Walls.

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