Creative Breakthroughs in Politics

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Neal Riemer's new book explores a vital, but surprisingly neglected theme. Riemer first examines two great historical breakthroughs: to religious liberty, and to the American federal republic. He then contrasts these genuine breakthroughs to two spurious ones: Calhoun's theory of the concurrent majority and Marx's theory of universal human emancipation. Riemer also examines a contemporary breakthrough to European Union to underscore the sense of continuing to deal with major problems that the conventional wisdom ...

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Overview

Neal Riemer's new book explores a vital, but surprisingly neglected theme. Riemer first examines two great historical breakthroughs: to religious liberty, and to the American federal republic. He then contrasts these genuine breakthroughs to two spurious ones: Calhoun's theory of the concurrent majority and Marx's theory of universal human emancipation. Riemer also examines a contemporary breakthrough to European Union to underscore the sense of continuing to deal with major problems that the conventional wisdom has deemed incapable of solution. Finally, he addresses a future breakthrough to protect against genocide via a global human rights regime employing policies of prudent prevention, effective implementation, and just humanitarian intercession. This book seeks to move political science beyond Cold War mentality and practice, a narrow-minded political realism, and post-modernisM's nihilism toward a more prophetic politics. Riemer's latest book will be of crucial importance to scholars and students in all areas of political science, political philosophy, human rights, and international relations.

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Investigates the process by which a major political problem is suddenly resolved after conventional wisdom has deemed it intractable. Cites as examples the thought of Roger Williams on religious liberty, James Madison on reconciling liberty and a large republic, John C. Calhoun and protecting minority interests, Karl Marx and human emancipation, the European Union, and the global movement against genocide. Finds in each a prophetic emphasis on life-affirming values such as peace, freedom, justice, prosperity, and creativity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275955953
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

NEAL RIEMER is Andrew V. Stout Professor of Political Philosophy, Emeritus, at Drew University in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Roger Williams and Religious Liberty: Harmonizing Truth, Diversity, and Order 21
Ch. 3 James Madison and the Extensive Republic: Reconciling Liberty and Large Size 43
Ch. 4 John C. Calhoun and the Protection of Minority Interests: The Theory of the Concurrent Majority - A Spurious Breakthrough 73
Ch. 5 Karl Marx and Universal Human Emancipation: A Flawed Prophetic Breakthrough 97
Ch. 6 European Union: Beyond War, Economic Malaise, and Political Turmoil via Transnational Integration 117
Ch. 7 Protection Against Genocide: Toward a Global Human Rights Regime 139
Ch. 8 Conclusion: The Unfinished Prophetic Agenda 163
Select Bibliography 169
Index 173
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