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Fugitive democracy : and other essays
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Wolin, Sheldon S., author.
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9780691133645
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xviii, 499 pages ; 25 cm
Contents:
Political Theory as a Vocation -- Transgression, Equality, and Voice -- Norm and Form : The Constitutionalizing of Democracy -- Fugitive Democracy -- Hobbes and the Epic Tradition of Political Theory -- Hobbes and the Culture of Despotism -- On Reading Marx Politically -- Max Weber : Legitimation, Method, and the Politics of Theory -- Reason in Exile : Critical Theory and Technological Society -- Hannah Arendt: Democracy and the Political -- Hannah Arendt and the Ordinance of Time -- The Liberal/Democratic Divide : On Rawls's Political Liberalism -- On the Theory and Practice of Power -- Democracy in the Discourse of Postmodernism -- Postmodern Politics and the Absence of Myth -- The Destructive Sixties and Postmodern Conservatism -- From Progress to Modernization : The Conservative Turn -- Editorial -- What Revolutionary Action Means Today -- The People's Two Bodies -- The New Public Philosophy -- Democracy, Difference, and Re-Cognition -- Constitutional Order, Revolutionary Violence and Modern Power -- Agitated Times.
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Summary

An authoritative collection of the most important writings of an influential political thinker

Sheldon Wolin was one of the most influential and original political thinkers of the past fifty years. Fugitive Democracy brings together his most important writings, from classic essays such as "Political Theory as a Vocation," written amid the Cold War and the conflict in Vietnam, to his late radical essays on American democracy such as "Fugitive Democracy," in which he offers a controversial reinterpretation of democracy as an episodic phenomenon distinct from the routinized political management that passes for democracy today.

The breathtaking range of Wolin's scholarship, political commitment, and critical acumen are on full display in this authoritative and accessible collection. He critically engages a diverse range of political theorists, including Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, John Rawls, Michel Foucault, and Richard Rorty. These essays grapple with topics such as power, modernization, the sixties, revolutionary politics, and inequality, all the while showcasing Wolin's enduring commitment to writing civic-minded theoretical commentary on the most pressing political issues of the day. Here, Wolin laments the rise of conservatives who style themselves as revolutionary, criticizes Rawlsian liberals as abstract to the point of being apolitical, diagnoses postmodern theory as a form of acquiescence, and much more.

Fugitive Democracy offers enduring insights into many of today's most pressing political predicaments, and introduces a whole new generation of readers to this provocative figure in contemporary political thought.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Editor's Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 The Political and Theoretical
Chapter 1 Political Theory as a Vocationp. 3
Chapter 2 Political Theory: From Vocation to Invocationp. 33
Part 2 Historical
Ancient and Modern Democracyp. 51
Chapter 3 Transgression, Equality, and Voicep. 53
Chapter 4 Norm and Form: The Constitutionalizing of Democracyp. 77
Chapter 5 Fugitive Democracyp. 100
Hobbesp. 115
Chapter 6 Hobbes and the Epic Tradition of Political Theoryp. 117
Chapter 7 Hobbes and the Culture of Despotismp. 149
Modern Theoristsp. 171
Chapter 8 On Reading Marx Politicallyp. 173
Chapter 9 Max Weber: Legitimation, Method, and the Politics of Theoryp. 195
Part 3 Recent Theorists
Chapter 10 Reason in Exile: Critical Theory and Technological Societyp. 217
Chapter 11 Hannah Arendt: Democracy and the Politicalp. 237
Chapter 12 Hannah Arendt and the Ordinance of Timep. 250
Chapter 13 The Liberal/Democratic Divide: On Rawls's Political Liberalismp. 260
Part 4 Postmoderns
Chapter 14 On the Theory and Practice of Powerp. 283
Chapter 15 Democracy in the Discourse of Postmodernismp. 300
Chapter 16 Postmodern Politics and the Absence of Mythp. 316
Chapter 17 The Destructive Sixties and Postmodern Conservatismp. 330
Chapter 18 From Progress to Modernization: Tire Conservative Turnp. 348
Part 5 Revisioning Democracy
Chapter 19 Editorialp. 363
Chapter 20 What Revolutionary Action Means Todayp. 368
Chapter 21 The People's Two Bodiesp. 379
Chapter 22 The New Public Philosophyp. 394
Chapter 23 Democracy, Difference, and Re-Cognitionp. 405
Chapter 24 Constitutional Order, Revolutionary Violence, and Modem Power: An Essay of Juxtapositionsp. 421
Chapter 25 Agitated Timesp. 438
Notesp. 449
Sourcesp. 491
Indexp. 493