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Overview

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 politicalphilosophy. With original essays, distinguished scholars respond toseminal texts by major figures in the continental tradition.Effective, informative, and timely." Thomas R. Flynn, EmoryUniversity

"Selected by a leading specialist in political philosophy, theessays in this collection represent an ingenious way to approachrecent debates in continental philosophy. The juxtaposition ofessays by major political thinkers with interpretive essays thatexplain the context reflects thoughtful and clever matchmaking. Thehistorical movements of phenomenology, existentialism, and criticaltheory are complemented by current discussions ofpoststructuralism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. Thisanthology will be a valuable guide to the general reader who isinterested in these rubrics as well as a useful text at all levelsof 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.

Preface.

Introduction (David Ingram).

PART I. PHENOMENOLOGY: POLITICAL ACTION AND THE DIALECTIC OFPOWER AND VIOLENCE.

1. Selections from The Human Condition.

On Violence (Hannah Arendt).

2. Power, Violence, and Legitimacy: A Reading of Hannah Arendtin an Age of Police Brutality and Humanitarian Intervention (IrisMarion Young).

PART II. EXISTENTIALISM: REVOLUTIONARY PRAXIS AND THEDIALECTIC OF GROUPS AND INSTITUTIONS.

3. Selections from Critique of Dialectical Reason (Jean-PaulSartre).

4. Sartre’s Critique (William L. McBride).

PART III. CRITICAL THEORY: LIBERAL DEMOCRACY AND THEDIALECTIC OF INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY.

5. Three Normative Models of Democracy.

On the Internal Relation Between the Rule of Law and Democracy(Jürgen Habermas).

6. Can Procedural Democracy Be Radical (Simone Chambers).

PART IV. POSTSTRUCTURALISM: MODERN POLITICAL VIRTUE AND THEDIALECTIC OF GOVERNANCE AND RESISTANCE.

7. What is Critique (Michel Foucault).

8. What is Critique? An Essay on Foucault’s Virtue (JudithButler).

PART V. POSTMODERNISM: TOTALITARIANISM AND THE DIALECTIC OFIDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE.

9. Memorandum on Legitimation (Jean-François Lyotard).

10. Democracy in the Era of Identity Politics: Lyotard onPostmodern Legitimation (David Ingram).

PART VI. POSTCOLONIALISM: PLANETARY POLITICS AND THEDIALECTIC OF LIFE AND LIBERATION.

11. Six Theses Towards a Critique of Political Reason: TheCitizen as Political Agent (Enrique Dussel).

12. Politics in an Age of Planetarization: EnriqueDussel’s Critique of Political Reason (Eduardo Mendieta).

Index.

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