Defending Ideals: War, Democracy, and Political Struggles

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Overview

In this book, Drucilla Cornell examines the crisis on the left and asks how we can turn back toward more left-wing ideals. She looks at the meaning of freedom through various lenses as well as the dissolution of feminism. She discusses and critiques such major thinkers as: Amartya Sen, Adorno, Martha Nussbaum, John Rawls, Richard Falk, and Paul Berman among others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415948838
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Drucilla Cornell is Professor of Political Science, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She is also a playwright and the author, most recently, of Between Women and Generations: Legacies of Dignity (2002).
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Table of Contents

Preface : why we need ideals
Ch. 1 Living and dying in Iraq : killing talk and the limits of just war 1
Ch. 2 Worlds apart : perpetual peace and infinite war 21
Ch. 3 Variegated visions of humanity : John Rawls' the law of peoples 41
Ch. 4 Developing human capabilities : freedom, universality, and civility 63
Ch. 5 Civilization, progress, and beyond 85
Ch. 6 Reconsidering nationalisms : feminism and anti-militarist ideals 99
Ch. 7 Other family stories : the ethics and politics of transnational adoption 117
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