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Democracy and Vision : Sheldon Wolin and the Vicissitudes of the Political - Aryeh Botwinick

Democracy and Vision

Sheldon Wolin and the Vicissitudes of the Political

By: Aryeh Botwinick (Editor), William Connolly (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd July 2001
ISBN: 9780691074665
Number Of Pages: 299

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American democracy faces severe challenges today, as everyday life gathers pace, national borders become increasingly porous, and commodity culture becomes more dominant. "Democracy and Vision" assembles a cast of prominent political theorists to consider the problems confronting political life by reviewing, assessing, and expanding on the ideas of one of the most influential political thinkers of the past forty years, Sheldon Wolin.

The book consists of three sections linked by the underlying theme of Wolin's monumental effort to define ''the political'' and the conditions of democratic life. In the first, Nicholas Xenos, George Kateb, Fred Dallmayr, and Charles Taylor focus, in particular, on whether mass political participation, sustainable in times of upheaval as what Wolin aptly termed ''fugitive democracy, '' can be buoyed by political institutions during periods of stability. In the second section, Wendy Brown, Aryeh Botwinick, Melissa A. Orlie, and Anne Norton examine the relevance of Wolin's ideas to current debates about, for example, social diversity and the commercialization of culture. In the last, Stephen K. White, Kirstie M. McClure, Michael J. Shapiro, and J. Peter Euben address globalization and temporality in relation to Wolin's narrative of decline, asking, among other things, whether citizenship today must incorporate a cosmopolitan dimension.

These essays--and an introduction by William Connolly that lucidly outlines Wolin's thought and the deep uncertainty about political theory in the 1960s that did much to inspire his work--offer unprecedented insights into Wolin's lament that modernity has meant the loss of the political.

Acknowledegmentsp. vii
Politics and Visionp. 3
Democratic Energy and Institutional Definition
Momentary Democracyp. 25
Wolin as a Critic of Democracyp. 39
Beyond Fugitive Democracy: Some Modern and Postmodern Reflectionsp. 58
A Tension in Modern Democracyp. 79
Capitalism, Difference, and Democracy
Reflections on Tolerance in the Age of Identityp. 99
Wolin and Oakeshott: Similarity in Differencep. 118
Political Capitalism and the Consumption of Democracyp. 138
Evening Landp. 161
Time and Cosmopolitanism
Three Conceptions of the Political: The Real World of Late Modern Democracyp. 173
Between the Castigation of Texts and the Excess of Words: Political Theory in the Margins of Traditionp. 193
Time, Disjuncture, and Democratic Citizenshipp. 232
The Polis, Globalization, and the Politics of Placep. 256
The Contributorsp. 291
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780691074665
ISBN-10: 0691074666
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 22nd July 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48