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Sheldon Wolin was one of the most influential and original political thinkers of the past fifty years. Fugitive Democracy brings together his most important writings, from classic essays such as "Political Theory as a Vocation," written amid the Cold War and the conflict in Vietnam, to his late radical essays on American democracy such as “Fugitive Democracy,” in which he offers a controversial reinterpretation of democracy as an episodic phenomenon distinct from the routinized political management that passes for democracy today.

The breathtaking range of Wolin's scholarship, political commitment, and critical acumen are on full display in this authoritative and accessible collection. He critically engages a diverse range of political theorists, including Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, John Rawls, Michel Foucault, and Richard Rorty. These essays grapple with topics such as power, modernization, the sixties, revolutionary politics, and inequality, all the while showcasing Wolin’s enduring commitment to writing civic-minded theoretical commentary on the most pressing political issues of the day. Here, Wolin laments the rise of conservatives who style themselves as revolutionary, criticizes Rawlsian liberals as abstract to the point of being apolitical, diagnoses postmodern theory as a form of acquiescence, and much more.

Fugitive Democracy offers enduring insights into many of today’s most pressing political predicaments, and introduces a whole new generation of readers to this provocative figure in contemporary political thought.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Part One. The Political and Theoretical
  1. 1. Political Theory as a Vocation
  2. pp. 21-50
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  1. 2. Political Theory: From Vocation to Invocation
  2. pp. 51-66
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  1. Part Two. Historical
  1. Ancient and Modern Democracy
  1. 3. Transgression, Equality, and Voice
  2. pp. 71-94
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  1. 4. Norm and Form: The Constitutionalizing of Democracy
  2. pp. 95-117
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  1. 5. Fugitive Democracy
  2. pp. 118-132
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  1. Hobbes
  1. 6. Hobbes and the Epic Tradition of Political Theory
  2. pp. 135-166
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  1. 7. Hobbes and the Culture of Despotism
  2. pp. 167-188
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  1. Modern Theorists
  1. 8. On Reading Marx Politically
  2. pp. 191-212
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  1. 9. Max Weber: Legitimation, Method, and the Politics of Theory
  2. pp. 213-232
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  1. Part Three. Recent Theorists
  1. 10. Reason in Exile: Critical Theory and Technological Society
  2. pp. 235-254
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  1. 11. Hannah Arendt: Democracy and the Political
  2. pp. 255-267
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  1. 12. Hannah Arendt and the Ordinance of Time
  2. pp. 268-277
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  1. 13. The Liberal/Democratic Divide: On Rawls’s Political Liberalism
  2. pp. 278-298
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  1. Part Four. Postmoderns
  1. 14. On the Theory and Practice of Power
  2. pp. 301-317
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  1. 15. Democracy in the Discourse of Postmodernism
  2. pp. 318-333
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  1. 16. Postmodern Politics and the Absence of Myth
  2. pp. 334-347
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  1. 17. The Destructive Sixties and Postmodern Conservatism
  2. pp. 348-365
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  1. 18. From Progress to Modernization: The Conservative Turn
  2. pp. 366-378
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  1. Part Five. Revisioning Democracy
  1. 19. Editorial
  2. pp. 381-385
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  1. 20. What Revolutionary Action Means Today
  2. pp. 386-396
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  1. 21. The People’s Two Bodies
  2. pp. 397-411
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  1. 22. The New Public Philosophy
  2. pp. 412-422
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  1. 23. Democracy, Difference, and Re-Cognition
  2. pp. 423-438
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  1. 24. Constitutional Order, Revolutionary Violence, and Modern Power: An Essay of Juxtapositions
  2. pp. 439-455
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  1. 25. Agitated Times
  2. pp. 456-466
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 467-508
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 509-510
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400883424
Related ISBN
9780691133645
MARC Record
OCLC
956520787
Pages
520
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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