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Contemporary Political Theory : The Idea of the State - Peter J. Steinberger

Contemporary Political Theory

The Idea of the State

By: Peter J. Steinberger, Ian Shapiro (Editor), Russell Hardin (Editor), Stephen Holmes (Editor), Jeff Isaac (Editor)


Published: 14th March 2005
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For a half-century or more, political theory has been characterized by a pronounced distrust of metaphysical or ontological speculation. Such a disposition has been sharply at odds with influential currents in post-war philosophy - both analytic and continental - where metaphysical issues have become a central preoccupation. The Idea of the State seeks to reaffirm the importance of systematic philosophical inquiry into the foundations of political life, and to show how such an approach can cast a new and highly instructive light on a variety of controversial, seemingly intractable problems of tolerance, civil disobedience, democracy and consent. The author considers the problem of the state in light of recent developments in philosophy and social thought, and seeks to provide an account of what the state really is. In doing so he pursues a range of fundamental issues pertaining to the office, the authority and the internal organization of political society.

'Rarely in recent memory has so much scholarship and intellectual energy gone in to defending claims that virtually everyone - from the social welfare-oriented Rawlsians, to Hayek- or Nozick-inspired libertarians, to radical democrats, to fans of Marx or Foucault - would reflexively repudiate. Steinberger is well aware that he has an uphill battle to fight ... Yet fight it he does, with a praiseworthy consistency, clarity and incisiveness.' Dana Villa, Political Theory 'Steinberger has crafted a theoretical structure that is striking in its originality, comprehensive in its coverage, bold in its willingness to depart from contemporary currents and learned in its conversation with the history of political thought.' Perspectives on Politics

The Basic Idea
The state as a structure of intelligibility
Philosophical Foundations of the State
Politics, prudence and philosophy
The post-Kantian convergence
The Idea of the State
The omnicompetent state: toleration and limited government
The absolute state: authority and resistance
The organic state: democracy and freedom
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ISBN: 9780521842143
ISBN-10: 052184214X
Series: Contemporary Political Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 14th March 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.68