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Political Thought and Political Thinkers

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ISBN-10: 0226753468

ISBN-13: 9780226753461

Edition: 1998

Authors: Judith N. Shklar, Stanley Hoffmann

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Ethicsdescribed Judith Shklar as "a towering presence" at Harvard for decades, an "influential teacher and mentor to many of the best known political theorists working today in the United States." One of this century's most important liberal scholars, she is remembered for her "sharp intellect, forceful personality, and passionate intellectual honesty and curiosity."Political Thought and Political Thinkersmakes startlingly clear her role in the reinvigoration of liberal theory that has been taking place over the last two decades.This second volume of Shklar's work—which follows the 1997 publication ofRedeeming American Political Thought—brings together heretofore uncollected (and several unpublished) essays on a number of themes, including the place of the intellect in the modern political world and the dangers of identity politics. While many of these essays have been previously published, they remain far from accessible. In collecting the work scattered over the past forty years in journals and other publications, noted political theorist Stanley Hoffmann provides an essential guide to Shklar's thought, complemented by George Kateb's comprehensive introduction to her work. Hoffmann's selection, which includes Shklar's classic essay "The Liberalism of Fear," showcases her distinctive defense of liberalism and follows her explorations in this history of moral and political thought as she engages with Bergson, Arendt, and Rousseau.Political Thought and Political Thinkersdisplays one of the century's most compelling and flexible intellects in action and is the definitive collection of her work on European history and thinkers."Shklar's legacy is an inspiring example of liberal thought at its arresting best, unflinchingly courageous and unmoved by the dreary and unmeaning harmonies conjured up by theories of justice and rights."—John Gray,Times Literary SupplementJudith N. Shklar (1928-1992) was Cowles Professor of Government at Harvard University and the author of nine books in political theory.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

James A. Michener, 1907 - 1997 James Albert Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in Doylestown, Pa. He earned an A.B. from Swarthmore College, an A.M. from Colorado State College of Education, and an M.A. from Harvard University. He taught for many years and was an editor for Macmillan Publishing Company. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific," derived from Michener's service in the Pacific in World War II, won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific, which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Michener completed close to 40 novels. Some other epic works include "Hawaii," "Centennial," "Space," and "Caribbean." He also wrote a significant amount of nonfiction including his autobiography "The World Is My Home." Among his many other honors, James Michener received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He was married to Patti Koon in 1935; they divorced in 1948. He married Vange Nord in 1948 (divorced 1955) and Mari Yoriko Sabusawa in 1955 (deceased 1994). He died in 1997 in Austin, Texas.Judith Shklar was, before her death, John Cowles Professor of Government, Harvard University, and a MacArthur Fellow.

Foreword
Editor's Preface
Learning about Politics
The Liberalism of Fear
Political Theory and the Rule of Law
Obligation, Loyalty, Exile
The Bonds of Exile
Learning about Thought
Squaring the Hermeneutic Circle
Politics and the Intellect
Learning without Knowing
Subversive Genealogies
The Political Theory of Utopia: From Melancholy to Nostalgia
What Is the Use of Utopia?
Learning about Thinkers
Poetry and the Political Imagination in Pope's An Essay on Man
Ideology Hunting: The Case of James Harrington
Montesquieu and the New Republicanism
Reading the Social Contract
Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Equality
Jean D'Alembert and the Rehabilitation of History
Bergson and the Politics of Intuition
Nineteen Eighty-Four: Should Political Theory Care?
Rethinking the Past
Hannah Arendt as Pariah
The Work of Michael Walzer
Index