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“No one involved in the current debates over civil society—and there can only be a few serious scholars who are not—will want to miss John Ehrenberg’s trenchant and thrill packed (well, for us theorists anyway) biography of this amazing idea. A major contribution to the history of political theory by one of the brightest stars in the critical galaxy!” —Bertoll Ollman, New York University and author of Dialectical Investigations “An absorbing study of a seminal idea in the history of political theory . . . This is a beautifully written work with an important critical perspective. It makes a genuine scholarly contribution.” —Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University Civil Society The Critical History of an Idea John Ehrenberg a N E W Y O R K U N I V E R S I T Y P R E S S New York and London N E W Y O R K U N I V E R S I T Y P R E S S New York and London© 1999 by New York University All rights reserved Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ehrenberg, John, 1944– Civil society : the critical history of an idea / John Ehrenberg. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8147-2208-3 (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN 0-8147-2207-5 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Civil society—History. I. Title. JC336 .E35 1999 301'.09—ddc21 98-40140 CIP New York University Press books are printed on acid-free paper, and their binding materials are chosen for strength and durability. Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ...


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