Ethos Of Pluralization
Publication Year: 1995
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
Series: Barrows Lectures
Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
I am grateful to the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto for a fellowship in 1993-94 that allowed me to complete this book. Life on the Hill is great. Not only were the daily volleyball games a competitive delight, I profited immensely from conversations with Mark Baker, Jamshed Barucha, ...
Introduction: The Pluralist Imagination
Pluralism, advertised as a diverse, tolerant form of life, is again on the discussion agenda in Europe and America. Its resurgence reflects the contingent confluence of several elements. They include the collapse of communist states, accompanied by the post-Marxist appreciation of energies in civil society exceeding the unity of command economies;1 ...
1. Nothing Is Fundamental...
Onta, the really existing things; ontology, the study of the fundamental logic of reality apart from appearances. These determinations are both too restrictive and too total for what I have in mind. For example, the logos in ontology already suggests a fundamental logic, principle, or design of being. ...
2. The Desire to Punish
What calls for punishment? In a country where rape, murder, mugging, drug wars, and corruption are rampant, the answer seems too self-evident to warrant the question. Crime calls for punishment: to protect the innocent against the criminal in the future, to deter others inclined to crime, ...
3. Democracy, Equality, Normality
C. B. Macpherson, a Marxist political theorist, was a democrat and a visionary, with each of these terms conditioning the other. His contributions to democratic theory, written mostly between 1966 and 1977, provide an opportunity for self-reflection and critical renewal for those who were his students and colleagues. ...
4. Fundamentalism in America
Fundamentalism, as conventionally understood in the country where the term was introduced, is a general imperative to assert an absolute, singular ground of authority; to ground your own identity and allegiances in this unquestionable source; to define political issues in a vocabulary of God, morality, or nature that invokes such a certain, authoritative source; ...
5. Democracy and Territoriality
In late modernity, the nostalgic idealism of territorial democracy fosters the nostalgic realism of international relations. And vice versa. The nostalgia is for a time in the past when the politics of place could be imagined as a coherent possibility for the future. ...
6. Tocqueville, Religiosity, and Pluralization
Boundaries abound. Between humanity and the gods. Between human and animal. Between culture and nature. Between life and death. Between genders, nations, peoples, times, races, classes, and territories. But boundaries have also become problematic today, perhaps more so than before. ...
About the Author
William E. Connolly teaches political theory at Johns Hopkins University, where he is a professor of political science. He has served as the editor of Political Theory and is now the series editor of Contestations: Cornell Studies in Political Theory. ...