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Rethinking Modern Political Theory : Essays 1979-1983 - John Dunn

Rethinking Modern Political Theory

Essays 1979-1983

By: John Dunn

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Published: 5th August 1985
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Why is modern political theory philosophically so feeble and politically so unconvincing? This volume of essays, several of which are published here for the first time, discusses the historical sources of these weaknesses and suggests how they might begin to be remedied. The essays treat in relation to one another the history of modern philosophy and the practical relations between states, societies and economies in the modern world. The different approaches required to understand each of these are displayed, and the formidable difficulties of combining them satisfactorily are examined. Only if that is achieved however, do we stand a chance in John Dunn's view of overcoming the limitation of existing understandings of politics. And only then will we be able to arrive at a theory of collective prudence which unites moral awareness and a realistic appreciation of the nature, and the dangers, of modern politics.

Preface
Introduction
Christian Natural Law and the Foundations of Liberalism
Individuality and clientage in the formation of Locke's social imagination
'Trust' in the politics of John Locke
From applied theology to social analysis: the break between John Locke and the Scottish Enlightenment
Socialism in Theory and Socialism in History
Understanding revolutions
Totalitarian democracy and the legacy of modern revolutions: explanation or indictment?
Unimagined community: the deceptions of socialist internationalism
Bringing the World Back In
Social theory, social understanding, and political action
Identity, modernity and the claim to know better
The future of liberalism
The future of political philosophy in the West
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521316958
ISBN-10: 0521316952
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 5th August 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36