• Western philosophy: Enlightenment
      July 2012

      Kant on Sublimity and Morality

      by Joshua Rayman

      Kant on Sublimity and Morality provides an argument to the essential moral significance of the Kantian sublime and situates this argument within the history of the relationship between sublimity and morality.

    • Philosophy: aesthetics
      June 2009

      Deleuze and Guattari

      Aesthetics and Politics

      by Robert Porter (Author)

      This book examines the relationship between aesthetics and politics based on the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995) and Pierre-Félix Guattari (1930–1992), most famous for their collabarative works Anti-Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980).Porter analyses the relationship between art and social-political life and considers in what ways the aesthetic and political connect to each other. Deleuze and Guattari believed that political theory can have aesthetic form and that vice versa, the arts can be thought to be forms of political theory. Deleuze and Guattari force us to confront the idea that ‘art’, the things we call language, literature, painting and architecture, always has the potential to be political because naming, or language-use, implies a shaping or ordering of the ‘political’ as such, rather than its re-presentation.

    • Social & political philosophy
      May 2011

      Politics and Metaphysics in Kant

      by Sorin Baiasu (Editor), Howard Williams (Editor), Sami Pihlström (Editor)

      The past three decades have witnessed the emergence, at the forefront of political thought, of several Kantian theories. Both the critical reaction to consequentialism inspired by Rawlsian constructivism and the universalism of more recent theories informed by Habermasian discourse ethics trace their main sources of inspiration back to Kant's writings. Yet much of what is Kantian in contemporary theory is formulated with more or less strict caveats concerning Kant's metaphysics. These range from radical claims that theories of justice must be political, not metaphysical, to more cautious calls for replacing Kant's metaphysics with a more modest ontology, for instance, one informed by the relatively recent linguistic turn in philosophy. The volume will consist of thirteen state-of-the-art essays which explore the relationship between politics and metaphysics in Kant and Kantian political philosophy. All essays will be published for the first time in this volume and will be preceded by an Introduction from the editors. Given the current legitimation crisisA" of modern liberal democracies, the purpose of the collection as a whole is to revisit the question concerning the role of metaphysics in moral and political philosophy and to suggest new perspectives on the question of legitimation.

    • Social & political philosophy
      April 2014

      Politics and Teleology in Kant

      by Tatiana Patrone, Paul Formosa, Avery Goldman (eds)

      This volume critically examines and elucidates the complex relationship between politics and teleology in Kant’s philosophical system. Examining this relationship is of key philosophical importance since Kant develops his political philosophy in the context of a teleological conception of the purposiveness of both nature and human history. Kant’s approach poses the dual task of reconciling his normative political theory with both his priori moral philosophy and his teleological philosophy of nature and human history. The fourteen essays in this volume, by leading scholars in the field, explore the relationship between teleology and politics from multiple perspectives. Together, the essays explore Kant’s normative political theory and legal philosophy, his cosmopolitanism and views on international relations, his theory of history, his theory of natural teleology, and the broader relationship between morality, history, nature and politics in Kant’s works. This important new volume will be of interest to a wide audience, including Kant scholars, scholars and students working on topics in moral and political philosophy, the philosophy of history, political theory and political science, legal scholars and international relations theorists, as well as those interested broadly in the history of ideas.

    • Social & political philosophy
      September 2014

      Nietzsche and Napoleon

      The Dionysian Conspiracy

      by Don Dombowsky

      This book argues that Nietzsche’s political thought and his own proposed model of governance is Bonapartist in conception: autocratic will in the guise of popular rule. Bonaparte is the model for the Nietzschean commander; not only his virtu, his ethics of martial valour, but his political institutions and techniques of power. Nietzsche understood that Napoleon manipulated the democratic process, abandoned the concept of popular sovereignty and undermined the principle of equality, that he was opposed to parliamentary politics but maintained their simulacra, a manoeuvre Nietzsche admired in respect of tactics. Nietzsche desired a revaluation of all values which endorsed many features of the Bonapartist regime. One can see Nietzsche not merely situated in the Napoleonic historiography of the cult of personality, but also situated ideologically in terms of a Napoleonic political policy and theory of government, in so far as he affirms certain political structures of the Napoleonic Empire. Nietzsche moves beyond the Napoleonic cult of personality to an analysis of the underlying structures of the Napoleonic empire. Nietzsche admires the ‘artist of government’ Napoleon (Napoleonic Caesarism) not only for his force of will but also for his political policies and tactics or political techniques.

    • Philosophy
      December 2015


      On Theognis of Megara

      by Renato Cristi & Oscar Velasquez eds.

      The topic chosen by Nietzsche for his Pforta dissertation was Theognis, his life in Megara, his lyrical production, and his views on the gods, morality and politics. Nietzsche saw Theognis as the intellectual champion of the defeated Megarian aristocracy, who sought to preserve the Dorian spirit and its noble virtues. The interests that guided Nietzsche transcended scientific philology and embraced a concern for the social and political context he adumbrated in the Theognidea. The editors of this volume refer to this novel standpoint as constituting a rudimentary political philology, showing that Theognis’ aristocratism determined and guided Nietzsche’s critique of the moral point of view and his conception of an aristocratic state.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      March 2017

      Kant's Political Legacy

      Human Rights, Peace, Progress

      by Luigi Caranti

      An original, informed, and engaging reading of Kant’s ideas on basic rights and human dignity, on how to eliminate war from international affairs, and on the reasons we have to believe that political progress is possible.

    • Ethics & moral philosophy
      March 2018

      Kant's Doctrine of Right in the 21st Century

      by Larry Krasnoff; Paula Satne; Nuria Sánchez Madrid

      This collection of essays assesses the value of a conception of Kantian political philosophy grounded in the Doctrine of Right, examining some of its central arguments from a twenty-first-century political perspective.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      February 2017

      Maria Zambrano

      A Life of Poetic Reason and Political Commitment

      by Rodriguez, Beatriz Caballero

      María Zambrano (1904–91) is widely regarded as one of the most original Spanish thinkers of the twentieth century. Her biggest contribution to intellectual history is undoubtedly her poetic reason and her unique attempt to overcome the limiting coordinates of the framework of rationality established by the Enlightenment. Having spent forty-five years in exile, the relevance of this Spanish Republican thinker has only been recognised in recent decades. The purpose of this monograph is to reveal the political dimension inherent to Zambrano’s proposal for an alternative rationality through interrogation of existing assumptions regarding Zambrano’s thought.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2020

      Kant and the Theory and Practice of International Right

      by Georg Cavallar

      This book argues that Kant’s theory of international relations should be interpreted as an attempt to apply the principles of reason to history in general, and in particular to political conditions of the late eighteenth century. It demonstrates how Kant attempts to mediate between a priori theory and practice, and how this works in the field of international law and international relations.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences

      Y Dychymyg Ôl-Fodern

      Agweddau ar ffuglen fer Mihangel Morgan

      by Rhiannon Marks

      Cyfrol arbrofol o feirniadaeth greadigol yw hon, sy’n cynnig golwg ffres ar ffuglen fer y llenor nodedig Mihangel Morgan (1955–). Hon yw’r astudiaeth estynedig gyntaf o’i waith, a rhoddir sylw penodol i’r wyth cyfrol o ffuglen fer a gyhoeddodd rhwng 1992 a 2017 – cyfnod lle gwelwyd datblygiadau arwyddocaol ym maes rhyddiaith Gymraeg. Eir i’r afael â phynciau megis ffurf y stori fer, realaeth, moderniaeth ac ôl-foderniaeth, a thrwy osod gwaith Mihangel Morgan yn ganolbwynt i’r astudiaeth cynigir golwg ehangach ar ddatblygiad a derbyniad ffuglen fer ôl-fodernaidd Gymraeg a’i harwyddocâd i’n diwylliant llenyddol. Arbrofir yma am y tro cyntaf yn y Gymraeg â beirniadaeth lenyddol ar ffurf ffuglen academaidd er mwyn archwilio’r ffin dybiedig rhwng ‘ffaith’ a ‘ffuglen’. Dilynir hynt a helynt y cymeriad ffuglennol Dr Mari Non yn ei swydd brifysgol, law yn llaw â thrafodaeth ar ddarnau o ffuglen fer Mihangel Morgan, gan agor y drws ar ddeongliadau newydd o waith yr awdur.

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