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The Political is a collection of readings by the most important political philosophers representing the six major schools of Continental philosophy: Phenomenology, Existentialism, Critical Theory, Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, and Postcolonialism.

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"A high-powered introduction to key issues in current political philosophy. With original essays, distinguished scholars respond to seminal texts by major figures in the continental tradition. Effective, informative, and timely." Thomas R. Flynn, Emory University

"Selected by a leading specialist in political philosophy, the essays in this collection represent an ingenious way to approach recent debates in continental philosophy. The juxtaposition of essays by major political thinkers with interpretive essays that explain the context reflects thoughtful and clever matchmaking. The historical movements of phenomenology, existentialism, and critical theory are complemented by current discussions of poststructuralism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. This anthology will be a valuable guide to the general reader who is interested in these rubrics as well as a useful text at all levels of the curriculum." David Hoy, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Meet the Author

David Ingram is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University in Chicago. He is author of many books including Habermas and the Dialectic of Reason (1987), Critical Theory and Philosophy (1990), and Group Rights: Reconciling Equality and Difference (2000).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Pt. I Phenomenology: Political Action and the Dialectic of Power and Violence
1 Selections from The Human Condition and On Violence
2 Power, Violence, and Legitimacy: A Reading of Hannah Arendt in an Age of Police Brutality and Humanitarian Intervention
Pt. II Existentialism: Revolutionary Praxi and the Dialectic of Groups and Institutions
3 Selections from Critique of Dialectical Reason
4 Sartre's Critique
Pt. III Critical Theory: Liberal Democracy and the Dialectic of Individual and Community
5 Three Normative Models of Democracy and On the Internal Relation between the Rule of Law and Democracy
6 Can Procedural Democracy be Radical?
Pt. IV Poststructuralism: Modern Political Virtue and the Dialectic of Governance and Resistance
7 What is Critique?
8 What is Critique?: An Essay on Foucault's Virtue
Pt. V Modernism
9 Memorandum on Legitimation
10 Democracy in the Era of Identity Politics: Lyotard on Postmodern Legitimation
Pt. VI Postcolonialism: Planetary Politics and the Dialectic of Life and Liberation
11 Six Theses towards a Critique of Political Reason: The Citizen as Political Agent
12 Politics in an Age of Planetarization: Enrique Dussel's Critique of Political Reason
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