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The Idea of the State

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Part of Contemporary Political Theory

  • Date Published: May 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511081408

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  • For a half-century or more, political theory has been characterized by a pronounced distrust of metaphysical or ontological speculation. Such a disposition has been sharply at odds with influential currents in post-war philosophy - both analytic and continental - where metaphysical issues have become a central preoccupation. The Idea of the State seeks to reaffirm the importance of systematic philosophical inquiry into the foundations of political life, and to show how such an approach can cast a new and highly instructive light on a variety of controversial, seemingly intractable problems of tolerance, civil disobedience, democracy and consent. The author considers the problem of the state in light of recent developments in philosophy and social thought, and seeks to provide an account of what the state really is. In doing so he pursues a range of fundamental issues pertaining to the office, the authority and the internal organization of political society.

    • 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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    '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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    • Date Published: May 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511081408
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter J. Steinberger, Reed College, Oregon

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