Public Philosophy in a New Key, Volume 2: Imperialism and Civic Freedom

Public Philosophy in a New Key, Volume 2: Imperialism and Civic Freedom

by James Tully
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Cambridge University Press


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Public Philosophy in a New Key, Volume 2: Imperialism and Civic Freedom

These two ambitious volumes from one of the world's most celebrated political philosophers present a new kind of political and legal theory that James Tully calls a public philosophy, and a complementary new way of thinking about active citizenship, called civic freedom. Professor Tully takes the reader step-by-step through the principal debates in political theory and the major types of political struggle today. These volumes represent a genuine landmark in political theory. In this second volume, Professor Tully studies networks and civic struggles over global or imperial relations of inequality, dependency, exploitation and environmental degradation beyond the state. The final chapter brings all of the author's resonant themes together in a new way of thinking about global and local citizenship, and of political theory in relation to it. This forms a powerful conclusion to a major intervention from a vital and distinctive voice in contemporary thought.

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ISBN-13: 9780521728805
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Series: Ideas in Context Series , #94
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James Tully is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is one of the most distinguished political philosophers in the world.

Table of Contents

Dedication; Acknowledgements; Credits; Introduction; Public philosophy and civic freedom: a guide to the two volumes; Part I. Global Governance and Practices of Freedom: 1. The Kantian idea of Europe: cosmopolitan and critical perspectives; 2. Democracy and globalisation: a defeasible sketch; 3. An ecological ethics; 4. The unfreedom of the moderns in relation to their ideals of constitutionalism and democracy; Part II. On Imperialism; 5. On law, democracy and imperialism; 6. Communication and imperialism; 7. The imperial toles of modern vonstitutional democracy; Conclusion: civic freedom contra imperialism: 8. A new kind of Europe? Democratic integration in the European Union; 9. On global and local citizenship; Bibliography; Index.

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