The Odyssey of Political Theory: The Politics of Departure and Return

The Odyssey of Political Theory: The Politics of Departure and Return

by Patrick J. Deneen

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The Odyssey of Political Theory: The Politics of Departure and Return by Patrick J. Deneen

This path-breaking and eloquent analysis of The Odyssey, and the way it has been interpreted by political philosophers throughout the centuries, has dramatic implications for the current state of political thought. This important book offers readers original insights into The Odyssey and it provides a new understanding of the classic works of Plato, Rousseau, Vico, Horkheimer, and Adorno. Through his analysis Patrick J. Deneen requires readers to rethink the issues that are truly at the heart of our contemporary 'Culture Wars,' and he encourages us to reassess our assumptions about the Western canon's virtues or viciousness. Deneen's penetrating exploration of Odysseus's and our own enduring battles between the dual temptations of homecoming and exploration, patriotism and cosmopolitanism, and relativism and universality provides an original perspective on contentious debates at the center of modern political theory and philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847696239
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/14/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 936,009
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Patrick J. Deneen is assistant professor of political science at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Between Oikos and Cosmos Chapter 2 Odysseus's Choice Chapter 3 Resolving the Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy: Plato's Odyssey Chapter 4 The Harrowing of Rousseau's Emile Chapter 5 Escaping the Dialectic: Vico, The Frankfurt School and the Dialectic of Enlightenment Chapter 6 Against Cosmoploitanism: Resisting the Siren's Song

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