The Idea of the State
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Part of Contemporary Political Theory
- Author: Peter J. Steinberger, Reed College, Oregon
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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.Read more
- This book proposes an alternative and distinct metaphysical theory of the state
- It provides a theory of politics that is explicitly underwritten by the most important developments in post-war metaphysics and social theory
- Explores key issues in contemporary social theory
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"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. Its scholarly achievement is substantial."
John S. Dryzek, Australian National University, Perspectives on PoliticsSee more reviews
"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."
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- Date Published: May 2005
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511081408
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Table of Contents
Part I. The Basic Idea:
1. The state as a structure of intelligibility
Part II. Philosophical Foundations of the State:
2. Politics, prudence and philosophy
3. The post-Kantian convergence
Part III. The Idea of the State:
4. The omnicompetent state: toleration and limited government
5. The absolute state: authority and resistance
6. The organic state: democracy and freedom
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