The Self and the Political Order

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From the immemorial humans have lived together in groups. What it means to be a human being has no other basis than the interactions that take place in these groups. Politics then is the shaping of the necessary fact of social interaction. This volume concerns itself with the role of the individual in this social and political order. Including selections from both classical writers such as Plato, and contemporary scholars such as George Kareb, Michael Sandel, and Donna Haraway, the work examines one of the most fundemental questions of human society: what part do individual desires and concerns play, and what part should they play, in political society? How can we negotiate the relation between individuals and society, between the will of one and the mandate of the multitude? Strong's lengthy introduction provides an excellent framework that serves to unify these semial writings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814779262
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Series: Readings in Social and Political Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of Friedrich Nietzche: The Politics of Transfiguration and Tight in Her Soul: The Life of Anna Louis Strong, Tracy B. Strong is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

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