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Political Judgement
Essays for John Dunn

Richard Bourke, Raymond Geuss, Victoria McGeer, Philip Pettit, Quentin Skinner, Istvan Hont, Sudipta Kaviraj, Geoffrey Hawthorn, Biancamaria Fontana, Sunil Khilnani, Adam Przeworski, Richard Tuck
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  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108436540

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  • From Plato to Max Weber, the attempt to understand political judgement took the form of a struggle to define the relationship between politics and morals. This book by leading international scholars in the fields of history, philosophy and politics restores the subject to a place at the very centre of political theory and practice. Whilst it provides a range of perspectives on the theme of practical reason, it also explores a series of related problems in philosophy and political thought, raising fundamental questions about democracy, trust, the nature of statesmanship, and the relations between historical and political judgement. In the process, the volume reconsiders some classic debates in political theory – about equality, authority, responsibility and ideology – and offers new and original treatments of key figures in the history of political thought, including Thucydides, Montaigne, Locke, Smith, Burke and Marx.

    • The first collaborative volume to examine the question of political judgement
    • Brings together the various viewpoints of philosophers, historians and political theorists
    • Offers new perspectives on related topics (democracy, political responsibility and authority) and on major figures (Locke, Smith, Burke and Marx)
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    “This wide array of distinguished contributions reflects the ample scope of John Dunn’s work. It also illustrates one of the themes that Dunn has insistently pressed: the understanding of politics cannot and should not be unified. This is a book for all those interested in the intelligence of politics beyond doctrinal boundaries.”
    Bernard Manin, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and New York University

    “This collection of outstanding essays on political judgment is a fitting tribute to John Dunn. One of the most brilliant political thinkers of our time, Dunn has illuminated political judgment better than anyone currently writing about the subject. His books also embody a capacity for political judgment that is as arresting and penetrating as it is unpredictable. In this volume, some of the world’s leading philosophers and political scientists respond to Dunn’s ideas about political judgment – revealing both the remarkable extent of his influence and the vibrant urgency of the political conversations that have been inspired by his work.”
    Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108436540
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.488kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Richard Bourke and Raymond Geuss
    Part I. The Character of Political Judgement:
    1. What is political judgement? Raymond Geuss
    2. Sticky judgement and the role of rhetoric Victoria McGeer and Philip Pettit
    3. Theory and practice: the revolution in political judgement Richard Bourke
    Part II. Trust, Judgement and Consent:
    4. On trusting the judgement of our rulers Quentin Skinner
    5. Adam Smith's history of law and government as political theory Istvan Hont
    6. Marxism in translation: critical reflections on Indian radical thought Sudipta Kaviraj
    Part III. Rationality and Judgement:
    7. Pericles' unreason Geoffrey Hawthorn
    8. Accounting for human actions: individual agency and political judgement in Montaigne's Essais Biancamaria Fontana
    9. Nehru's judgement Sunil Khilnani
    Part IV. Democracy and Modern Political Judgement:
    10. Democracy, equality and redistribution Adam Przeworski
    11. Democracy and terrorism Richard Tuck
    Bibliography of the works of John Dunn.

  • Editors

    Richard Bourke, Queen Mary University of London
    Richard Bourke is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Queen Mary, University of London.

    Raymond Geuss, University of Cambridge
    Raymond Geuss is a Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

    Contributors

    Richard Bourke, Raymond Geuss, Victoria McGeer, Philip Pettit, Quentin Skinner, Istvan Hont, Sudipta Kaviraj, Geoffrey Hawthorn, Biancamaria Fontana, Sunil Khilnani, Adam Przeworski, Richard Tuck

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