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In this collection of essays, Michael Walzer discusses how obligations are incurred, sustained, and (sometimes) abandoned by citizens of the modern state and members of political parties and movements as they respond to and participate in the most crucial and controversial aspects of citizenship: resistance, dissent, civil disobedience, war, and revolution. Walzer approaches these issues with insight and historical perspective, exhibiting an extraordinary understanding for rebels, radicals, and rational revolutionaries. The reader will not always agree with Walzer but he cannot help being stimulated, excited, challenged, and moved to thoughtful analysis.

Synopsis:

In this collection of essays, Michael Walzer discusses how obligations are incurred, sustained, and (sometimes) abandoned by citizens of the modern state and members of political parties and movements as they respond to and participate in the most crucial and controversial aspects of citizenship: resistance, dissent, civil disobedience, war, and revolution. Walzer approaches these issues with insight and historical perspective, exhibiting anextraordinary understanding for rebels, radicals, and rational revolutionaries. The reader will not always agree with Walzer but he cannot help being stimulated, excited, challenged, and moved to thoughtful analysis.

About the Author

Michael Walzer is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Disobedience
    • 1. The Obligation to Disobey
    • 2. Civil Disobedience and Corporate Authority
    • 3. The Obligations of Oppressed Minorities
    • Appendix: On the Responsibility of Intellectuals
  • Part 2: War
    • 4. The Obligation to Die for the State
    • 5. Political Alienation and Military Service
    • 6. Conscientious Objection
    • 7. Prisoners of War: Does the Fight Continue After the Battle?
  • Part 3: Citizenship
    • 8. The Obligation to Live for the State
    • 9. Political Solidarity and Personal Honor
    • 10. The Problem of Citizenship Appendix: Three Kinds of Citizenship
    • 11. A Day in the Life of a Socialist Citizen
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674630253
Author:
Walzer, Michael
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Walzer, Michael
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Civics
Subject:
Citizenship
Subject:
Current events
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 11 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In this collection of essays, Michael Walzer discusses how obligations are incurred, sustained, and (sometimes) abandoned by citizens of the modern state and members of political parties and movements as they respond to and participate in the most crucial and controversial aspects of citizenship: resistance, dissent, civil disobedience, war, and revolution. Walzer approaches these issues with insight and historical perspective, exhibiting anextraordinary understanding for rebels, radicals, and rational revolutionaries. The reader will not always agree with Walzer but he cannot help being stimulated, excited, challenged, and moved to thoughtful analysis.
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