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William E. Connolly's writings have pushed the leading edge of political theory, first in North America and then in Europe as well, for more than two decades now. This book draws on his numerous influential books and articles to provide a coherent and comprehensive overview of his significant contribution to the field of political theory.

The book focuses in particular on three key areas of his thinking:

  • Democracy: his work in democratic theory ? through his critical challenges to the traditions of Rawlsian theories of justice and Habermasian theories of deliberative democracy ? has spurred the creation of a fertile and powerful new literature
  • Pluralism: Connolly's work utterly transformed the terrain of the field by helping to resignify pluralism: from a conservative theory of order based on the status quo into a radical theory of democratic contestation based on a progressive political vision
  • The Terms of Political Theory: Connolly has changed the language in which Anglo-American political theory is spoken, and entirely shuffled the pack with which political theorists work.

Book News Annotation:

Chambers (politics, Swansea U., UK) and Carver (political theory, U. of Bristol, UK) have collected writings on political theory by William E. Connolly originally penned between 1969 and 2005. The writings they have selected have been chosen to demonstrate Connolly's innovations concerning: political pluralism, which in Connolly's hands becomes a "radical theory of democratic contestation based on a progressive political vision;" the ethos of democratic agonism, in which identity is defined in relation to that which it opposes and therefore demands the "agonistic respect" for the other and practices of critical responsiveness to cultivate this respect; and change the very terms utilized by contemporary American political theory, which now includes concepts from Nietzsche and Foucault thanks to Connolly's writings. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415431231
Author:
Connolly, William E.
Publisher:
Routledge
Editor:
Chambers, Samuel A.
Author:
Samuel, A. Chamb
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Political science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Democracy -- Philosophy.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Series:
Routledge Innovators in Political Theory
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.10x6.10x.80 in. 1.10 lbs.

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