Suffering, Politics, Power: A Genealogy in Modern Political Theory available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
Suffering and politics in the thought of Luther, Hobbes, Rousseau, and Nietzsche.
Suffering, Politics, Power argues that human suffering on a global scale constitutes the most urgent and least understood question of contemporary politics and political theory. In the modern age, the experience of suffering is primarily a political problem, constructed out of crucial, conflicting perspectives. The book draws on a genealogy of suffering through the conflicting perspectives of four major political theorists: Martin Luther, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Although supplying contradictory accounts of the nature of suffering and human response to it, these theorists, when examined together, provide a historical foundation for the political structures of our time and a trajectory for the problematic of suffering which defies all limits. This book works to foster a contemporary political response to suffering, addressing the techniques of its production and representation and the dilemmas of ascertaining causes and responsibilities.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Cynthia Halpern is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College.
Table of Contents
1. Suffering in the Context of Religion
2. A Science of Suffering Bodies
3. For the Lack of Moral Knowledge
4. The State of Nature as an Ever-Present Origin
5. Coercion in the Social Contract
6. The Death of GodTheodicy and the Enlightenment
7. Suffering: From Nature to History
8. Social Justice and the General Will: In and Out of Time
9. Nietzsche: Suffering and Tragedy
10. On the Genealogy of Morals
11. The Will to Power and the Will to Nothingness
12. The Eternal Recurrence of the Same