The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism

As a continuation of the older culture of classical liberalism, libertarian considering attracts on a wealthy physique of idea and scholarship. modern libertarian students are carrying on with that culture by way of making titanic contributions to such fields as philosophy, jurisprudence, economics, evolutionary psychology, political idea, and background, in either academia and politics. With greater than three hundred A-to-Z signed entries written by way of most sensible students, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism is purposed to be an invaluable compilation of and creation to libertarian scholarship. The Encyclopedia begins with an introductory essay providing an in depth historic and thematic evaluate of key thinkers, occasions, and courses within the improvement of libertarian suggestion. The Reader's advisor teams content material for researchers and scholars alike, permitting them to learn libertarianism topically, biographically, and by way of public coverage issues.

Key Features

  • Entries finish with bibliographies and references for extra studying and cross-references to similar entries.
  • Each access presents an advent to a subject matter or coverage query appropriate to libertarianism or a biography of someone who has had an influence on libertarianism.
  • Editors take detailed care to make sure entries in actual fact clarify libertarian ways to concerns, don't take facets on disputed concerns or have interaction in polemics, and signify the perspectives of either side particularly and accurately.

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The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity (SUNY series in Contemporary French Thought)

By Peter Gratton

Considers the issues of sovereignty in the course of the paintings of Rousseau, Arendt, Foucault, Agamben, and Derrida.

Following up at the fables and tales surrounding political sovereignty—once theological, now usually nationalist—Peter Gratton’s The country of Sovereignty takes goal on the imperative suggestions surrounding the post-9/11 political atmosphere. opposed to these content material to conceptualize what has been referred to as the “sovereign exception,” Gratton argues that sovereignty underwent profound adjustments in the course of modernity, adjustments tracked by means of Rousseau, Arendt, Foucault, Agamben, and Derrida. every one of those thinkers investigated the “fictions” and “illusions” of claims to sovereign omnipotence, whereas outlining what might develop into the preeminent difficulties of racism, nationalism, and biopower. Gratton illustrates the significant claims that tie those philosophers jointly and, extra importantly, what classes they give, probably even with themselves, for these pondering the way forward for politics. His cutting edge readings will open new flooring for brand spanking new and longtime readers of those philosophers alike, whereas confronting how their opinions of sovereignty reshape our conceptions of identification, freedom, and selfhood. the end result not just fills a long-standing desire for an updated research of the concept that of sovereignty yet is usually a journey de strength attractive readers within the most vital political and philosophical questions today.

“Gratton’s methodological rigour in reconstructing each one pathway is a smart energy of the e-book … this can be a very pedagogical publication, packed with classes within the manner it treats all the authors lower than dialogue. it really is hence an excellent graduate pupil textual content, and for every mentioned writer the ebook makes major contributions to present scholarship.” — Philosophy in Review

“Drawing on eminent thinkers together with Boulainvilliers, Rousseau, Arendt, Foucault, Agamben, and Derrida, Gratton … presents a unique synthesis. He concludes that if you happen to think in freedom and democracy, wondering instead of resigning to sovereignty because it provides itself is key. The publication displays a few of Gratton’s previous released paintings and additional attests to his facility with French political suggestion … Gratton’s dialogue total is penetrable and stimulating.” — CHOICE

Peter Gratton is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Memorial college of Newfoundland and the coeditor (with John Panteleimon Manoussakis) of Traversing the Imaginary: Richard Kearney and the Postmodern Challenge.

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The Social and Political Thought of Bertrand Russell: The Development of an Aristocratic Liberalism (Ideas in Context)

By Philip Ironside

This pioneering learn of Bertrand Russell's social and political inspiration among 1896 and 1938 is the 1st publication to adopt an intensive research of the highbrow and cultural context out of which Russell's principles emerged. protecting a sympathetic yet severe stance in the direction of Russell's virtually innumerable political postures, the writer renders that concept either believable and coherent through putting its improvement opposed to an important old heritage. the result's a hugely unique view of an immense and enduring determine.

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Culture and Equality: An Egalitarian Critique of Multiculturalism

All significant Western nations include teams that vary from the mainstream and from one another in spiritual ideals, standard practices, or cultural principles. How may still public coverage reply to this range? Brian Barry demanding situations the at present orthodox resolution and develops a robust restatement of an egalitarian liberalism for the twenty-first century.

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Gramsci and Languages: Unification, Diversity, Hegemony (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 59)

By Alessandro Carlucci

Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) is without doubt one of the so much translated Italian authors of all time. After the second one international struggle his idea grew to become more and more influential, and remained appropriate in the course of the moment 1/2 the century. this day, it truly is regularly agreed that his Marxism has hugely unique and private beneficial properties, as proven via the truth that his foreign impression has persisted to develop because the fall of the Berlin Wall and the cave in of the Soviet Union. Gramsci and Languages bargains an evidence of this originality and lines the origins of definite particular positive aspects of Gramsci’s political inspiration via taking a look at his lifelong curiosity in language, in particular in questions of linguistic variety and unification.

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Pluralism

By William E. Connolly

Over the earlier 20 years, the popular political theorist William E. Connolly has constructed a robust idea of pluralism because the foundation of a territorial politics. during this concise quantity, Connolly launches a brand new safety of pluralism, contending that it has a renewed relevance in gentle of urgent worldwide and nationwide issues, together with the struggle in Iraq, the circulate for a Palestinian kingdom, and the struggle for homosexual and lesbian rights. Connolly contends that deep, multidimensional pluralism is tips on how to advertise justice and inclusion with out violence. He advocates a deep pluralism—in distinction to shallow, secular pluralism—that is helping to make space for various teams to carry their spiritual faiths into the general public realm. this way of deep pluralism extends some distance past religion, encompassing a number of dimensions of social and private lives, together with family association and sexuality.

Connolly seems at pluralism not just in gentle of religion but additionally in terms of evil, ethics, relativism, globalization, and sovereignty. within the approach, he engages many writers and theorists—among them, Spinoza, William James, Henri Bergson, Marcel Proust, Gilles Deleuze, Giorgio Agamben, Talal Asad, Michael Hardt, and Antonio Negri. Pluralism is the 1st booklet within which Connolly explains the connection among pluralism and the adventure of time, and he bargains readings of numerous motion pictures that deal with how time is known, together with Time Code, Far from Heaven, Waking Life, and The Maltese Falcon. during this beneficial booklet Connolly brings a compelling, obtainable philosophical critique with his own dedication to an inclusive political schedule to signify how we might—and why we must—cultivate pluralism inside of either society and ourselves.

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The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (A Columbia / SSRC Book)

By Jonathan VanAntwerpen

The energy of faith within the Public Sphere represents a unprecedented chance to event a various workforce of preeminent philosophers confronting one pervasive modern drawback: what position does—or should—religion play in our public lives? Reflecting on her contemporary paintings touching on nation violence in Israel-Palestine, Judith Butler explores the opportunity of non secular views for renewing cultural and political feedback, whereas Jürgen Habermas, top recognized for his seminal belief of the general public sphere, thinks in the course of the ambiguous legacy of the idea that of "the political" in modern idea. Charles Taylor argues for an intensive redefinition of secularism, and Cornel West defends civil disobedience and emancipatory theology. Eduardo Mendieta and Jonathan VanAntwerpen aspect the tremendous contribution of those philosophers to modern social and political concept, and an afterword via Craig Calhoun areas those makes an attempt to reconceive the importance of either faith and the secular within the context of up to date nationwide and foreign politics.

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Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics

By Wendy Brown

Edgework brings jointly seven of Wendy Brown's so much provocative fresh essays in political and cultural conception. they vary from explorations of politics post-9/11 to serious reflections at the educational norms governing feminist reviews and political concept. Edgework can also be fascinated by the highbrow and political worth of critique itself. It renders modern the traditional jurisprudential which means of critique as krisis, within which a tear within the cloth of justice turns into the get together of a public sifting or thoughtfulness, the advance of standards for judgment, and the inauguration of political renewal or recovery. every one essay probes a latest problem--the cost of being unpatriotic for dissenting from U.S. international coverage, the erosion of liberal democracy by means of neoliberal political rationality, feminism's lack of a progressive horizon--and seeks to know the highbrow deadlock the matter indications in addition to the political incitement it could actually harbor.

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Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique

By Lisa H. Schwartzman

Questions concerning the relevance and cost of assorted liberal recommendations are on the middle of significant debates between feminist philosophers and social theorists. even if many feminists invoke options akin to rights, equality, autonomy, and freedom in arguments for liberation, a few try and steer clear of them, noting that they could additionally toughen and perpetuate oppressive social buildings.

In Challenging Liberalism Schwartzman explores the explanations why strategies similar to rights and equality can occasionally strengthen oppression. She argues that sure sorts of abstraction and individualism are crucial to liberal method and that those provide upward push to a few difficulties. Drawing at the paintings of feminist ethical, political, and felony theorists, she constructs an strategy that employs those ideas, whereas viewing them from inside a critique of social kinfolk of power.

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Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism

By Colin Cremin

During this publication, Colin Cremin tackles the overbearing fact that capitalism encompasses the totality of our societal kin, weaving deep into the material of all that it ability to be human. He exhibits the way it is a procedure that totalises and which has upended the modernity venture through industrialised struggle, surveillance, commodification and keep watch over. With ever deepening crises and ecological catastrophes it threatens the entire destruction of human civilisation. yet in among this wreckage there are nonetheless functioning elements, machines to be salvaged during the collective strength of the human mind's eye and the complete mobilisation of the peoples of this earth. We needs to appreciate a special destiny to the apocalypticism forewarned by means of scientists, prescribed by means of economists, accommodated through politicians and made spectacle via the leisure undefined. Totalled maps the deteriorating socio-economic, political and ecological stipulations during which we are living and, via our labours and intake, doubtless don't have any selection except to speed up. The query for the ebook is how a utopian risk discernable within the energy of human construction should be realised while as a society we're in numerous methods materially, ideologically and libidinally guaranteed to the capitalist desktop of destruction. Totalled concludes with a politically and economically grounded set of propositions on how this could be completed.

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