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Civil Society and Political Theory : Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought - Jean L. Cohen

Civil Society and Political Theory

Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

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Published: 6th May 1994
For Ages: 18+ years old
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In this first serious work on the theory of civil society to appear in many years, Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato contend that the concept of civil society articulates a contested terrain in the West that could become the primary locus for the expansion of democracy and rights.

In this major contribution to contemporary political theory, Jean Cohen and Andrew Arato argue that the concept of civil society articulates a contested terrain in the West that could become a primary locus for the expansion of democracy and rights.

"Cohen and Arato provide a wonderfully illuminating and detailed account of the civil society argument as it has developed in Europe. And then they turn that argument into a critical theory of American society or, more generally, of liberal democracy -- pointing the way toward a more effectively and pervasively democratic liberalism." Michael Walzer

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Contemporary Revival of Civil Societyp. 29
Conceptual History and Theoretical Synthesisp. 83
Theoretical Development in the Twentieth Centuryp. 117
The Normative Critique: Hannah Arendtp. 177
The Historicist Critique: Carl Schmitt, Reinhart Koselleck, and Jurgen Habermasp. 201
The Genealogical Critique: Michel Foucaultp. 255
The Systems-Theoretic Critique: Niklas Luhmannp. 299
Discourse Ethics and Civil Societyp. 345
Social Theory and Civil Societyp. 421
Social Movements and Civil Societyp. 492
Civil Disobedience and Civil Societyp. 564
Notesp. 605
Indexp. 745
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ISBN: 9780262531214
ISBN-10: 0262531216
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 800
Published: 6th May 1994
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 4.4
Weight (kg): 1.25
Edition Type: New edition