Theory and Practice: Nomos XXXVII


With 16 original essays all published here for the first time, Theory and Practice focuses on the relationship between philosophical tradition and everyday life in the Western tradition.
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With 16 original essays all published here for the first time, Theory and Practice focuses on the relationship between philosophical tradition and everyday life in the Western tradition.
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Contributors discuss the work of thinkers such as Cass Sunstein and Jeremy Waldron in their exploration of the relations between philosophical theories and everyday life. They elucidate major attempts to reconcile theory with practice in the Western tradition, from Herodotus to Heidegger, and discuss topics such as the role of theory in judicial decision-making and the political implication of theory. Of interest to philosophers, lawyers, and social scientists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"An impressive collection of essays on a central problem of political theory. I recommend it highly."

-Jeffrey C. Isaac,Indiana University

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Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. He is the editor or author of numerous books, most recently Political Contingency (NYU Press) and Rethinking Political Institutions (NYU Press).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Decline and Repudiation of the Whole: Notes on Aristotle's Enclosure of the Pre-Socratic World 19
2 Kant on Theory and Practice 47
3 High Theory, Low Theory, and the Demands of Morality 81
4 Psychological Realism and Moral Theory 108
5 What Plato Would Allow 138
6 "Lawyer for Humanity": Theory and Practice in Ancient Political Thought 181
7 The Theoretical Importance of Practice 216
8 Avoidable Necessity: Global Warming, International Fairness, and Alternative Energy 239
9 On Legal Theory and Legal Practice 267
10 Religious Resistance to the Kantian Sovereign 288
11 On Regulating Practices with Theories Drawn from Them: A Case of Justice as Fairness 309
12 Public Practical Reason: Political Practice 345
13 "Truth" or Consequences 386
14 The End of Morality? Theory, Practice, and the "Realistic Outlook" of Karl Marx 403
15 Heidegger and Political Philosophy: The Theory of His Practice 440
16 A Performer of Political Thought: Vaclav Havel on Freedom and Responsibility 464
Index 483
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