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Civic War & the Corruption of the Citizen

Civic War & the Corruption of the Citizen

Peter Alexander Meyers

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226522081
eISBN:
9780226522104
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226522104.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This book leads us through the social processes by which shock incites terror, terror invites war, war invokes emergency, and emergency supports unchecked power. It then reveals how the domestic ... More

The Cloaking of PowerMontesquieu, Blackstone, and the Rise of Judicial Activism

The Cloaking of Power: Montesquieu, Blackstone, and the Rise of Judicial Activism

Paul O. Carrese

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226094823
eISBN:
9780226094830
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226094830.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This book provides a provocative and original analysis of the intellectual sources of today's powerful judiciary, arguing that Montesquieu, in his Spirit of the Laws, first articulated a new ... More

A Democratic Theory of Judgment

A Democratic Theory of Judgment

Linda M. G. Zerilli

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226397849
eISBN:
9780226398037
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226398037.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

For contemporary democratic theory, political judgment is conceptualized wholly in terms of the adjudication of equally rational yet incommensurable value conflicts in the absence of a shared ... More

Ethics and the OratorThe Ciceronian Tradition of Political Morality

Ethics and the Orator: The Ciceronian Tradition of Political Morality

Gary A. Remer

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226439167
eISBN:
9780226439334
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226439334.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

For thousands of years, critics have attacked rhetoric and the actual practice of politics as unprincipled, insincere, and manipulative. In Ethics and the Orator, the Ciceronian rhetorical tradition ... More

Hobbes's Kingdom of LightA Study of the Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy

Hobbes's Kingdom of Light: A Study of the Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy

Devin Stauffer

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226552903
eISBN:
9780226553061
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226553061.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Hobbes’s Kingdom of Light is a wide-ranging exploration of Hobbes’s thought. The book delves into Hobbes’s critique of the classical tradition, his natural philosophy, and his critique of religion ... More

Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

Michael P. Zuckert and Catherine H. Zuckert

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226135731
eISBN:
9780226135878
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226135878.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Leo Strauss was one of the preeminent political philosophers of the twentieth century. Although most of his work took the form of investigations in the history of political philosophy, his intentions ... More

Making Patriots

Making Patriots

Walter Berns

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226044378
eISBN:
9780226044514
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226044514.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Although Samuel Johnson once remarked that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels,” over the course of the history of the United States we have seen our share of heroes: patriots who have ... More

Man Is by Nature a Political AnimalEvolution, Biology, and Politics

Man Is by Nature a Political Animal: Evolution, Biology, and Politics

Peter K. Hatemi and Rose McDermott (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226319094
eISBN:
9780226319117
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226319117.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This book brings together a diverse group of contributors to examine the ways in which evolutionary theory and biological research are increasingly informing analyses of political behavior. Focusing ... More

Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of EuropeAn Interpretation of "The Spirit of the Laws"

Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe: An Interpretation of "The Spirit of the Laws"

Vickie B. Sullivan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226482910
eISBN:
9780226483078
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226483078.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws is famous for overtly associating despotism with Asia and the Middle East and not with Europe. A scholar on this basis might be inclined to term Montesquieu an ... More

"Na"ive Readings"Reveilles Political and Philosophic

"Na"ive Readings": Reveilles Political and Philosophic

Ralph Lerner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226353296
eISBN:
9780226353326
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226353326.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

We love our opinions and resist efforts by others to have us reconsider, let alone change, what we are pleased to treat as settled truths. Both philosophers and far-sighted political actors have long ... More

Naming Evil Judging Evil

Naming Evil Judging Evil

Ruth W. Grant (ed.)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226306735
eISBN:
9780226306742
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226306742.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Is it more dangerous to call something evil or not to? This fundamental question deeply divides those who fear that the term oversimplifies grave problems and those who worry that, to effectively ... More

Playing the FoolSubversive Laughter in Troubled Times

Playing the Fool: Subversive Laughter in Troubled Times

Ralph Lerner

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226473154
eISBN:
9780226473178
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226473178.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The role of the fool is to provoke the powerful to question their convictions, preferably while avoiding a beating. Fools accomplish this not by hectoring their audience, but by broaching sensitive ... More

Poetic JusticeRereading Plato's "Republic"

Poetic Justice: Rereading Plato's "Republic"

Jill Frank

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226515632
eISBN:
9780226515809
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226515809.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Plato’s dialogues are often read as offering biting criticisms of Athens’s democratic authorities, as efforts to supplant those authorities with philosophical authority, and as subjugating desire, ... More

Representative DemocracyPrinciples and Genealogy

Representative Democracy: Principles and Genealogy

Nadia Urbinati

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226842783
eISBN:
9780226842806
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226842806.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

It is usually held that representative government is not strictly democratic, since it does not allow the people themselves to directly make decisions. But here, taking as its guide Thomas Paine's ... More

The Second BirthOn the Political Beginnings of Human Existence

The Second Birth: On the Political Beginnings of Human Existence

Tilo Schabert

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226038056
eISBN:
9780226185156
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226185156.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Whereas human beings have their first birth in the beginning of their bodily existence, only their second birth, in which their political existence and their relation to a government begin, makes ... More

Secular PowersHumility in Modern Political Thought

Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought

Julie E. Cooper

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226081298
eISBN:
9780226081328
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Genealogies of secularity have long depicted the secular project as one of self-deification – humans attack God’s authority only to usurp God’s place. Against these narratives, this book demonstrates ... More

Sing the RageListening to Anger after Mass Violence

Sing the Rage: Listening to Anger after Mass Violence

Sonali Chakravarti

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226119984
eISBN:
9780226120041
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226120041.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1996-1998) was an unprecedented step in developing an institution of transitional justice that incorporated emotional responses to mass violence ... More

The Socratic Way of LifeXenophon's "Memorabilia"

The Socratic Way of Life: Xenophon's "Memorabilia"

Thomas L. Pangle

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226516899
eISBN:
9780226516929
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226516929.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This is the first book length study in English of the philosophic teaching of Xenophon's masterwork, showing the Memorabilia to be an essential, if deeply defensive, guide to understanding the ... More

Teachers of the PeoplePolitical Education in Rousseau, Hegel, Tocqueville, and Mill

Teachers of the People: Political Education in Rousseau, Hegel, Tocqueville, and Mill

Dana Villa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226467498
eISBN:
9780226467528
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226467528.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Teachers of the People returns to the moment in history when “the people” first appeared on the stage of modern European politics. That moment—the era just before and after the French Revolution—led ... More

The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's “Spirit of the Laws”

The Theological Basis of Liberal Modernity in Montesquieu's “Spirit of the Laws”

Thomas L. Pangle

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226645490
eISBN:
9780226645520
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226645520.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The Spirit of the Laws—Montesquieu's huge, complex, and enormously influential work—is considered one of the central texts of the Enlightenment, laying the foundation for the liberally democratic ... More

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