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Public Philosophy in a New Key

Volume 2. Imperialism and Civic Freedom

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  • Author: James Tully, University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521728805

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  • These two ambitious volumes from one of the world’s most celebrated political philosophers present a new kind of political and legal theory that James Tully calls a public philosophy, and a complementary new way of thinking about active citizenship, called civic freedom. Professor Tully takes the reader step-by-step through the principal debates in political theory and the major types of political struggle today. These volumes represent a genuine landmark in political theory. In this second volume, Professor Tully studies networks and civic struggles over global or imperial relations of inequality, dependency, exploitation and environmental degradation beyond the state. The final chapter brings all of the author’s resonant themes together in a new way of thinking about global and local citizenship, and of political theory in relation to it. This forms a powerful conclusion to a major intervention from a vital and distinctive voice in contemporary thought.

    • Major new statement on public philosophy from one of the world's leading thinkers about politics
    • Addresses huge current themes like globalisation and cultural diversity in an accessible manner
    • Genuine international appeal, in keeping with Tully's global reputation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Emplotting Aboriginal claims in a narrative of sovereignty and equality, optimistically identifying and making real to us the often obscured (even by many realists) realities of daily postcolonial practices of freedom, Tully writes about politics as a new realist, in a way that dignifies all sides and vivifies an agnostic humanism all too often absent from even the best political theorizing today."
    Bonnie Honig, American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University, Perspectives on Politics

    "Tully's contributions to what Foucault called a “history of the present” are as theoretically sophisticated as they are context-oriented and politically engaged, always addressing even the most abstract questions by way of discussing concrete cases that turn out to be exemplary or representative.... Tully's work is exemplary in pushing this limit in ways from which both theory and practice can learn a great deal."
    Robin Celikates, University of Amsterdam, Constellations

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521728805
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Dedication
    Acknowledgements
    Credits
    Introduction
    Public philosophy and civic freedom: a guide to the two volumes
    Part I. Global Governance and Practices of Freedom:
    1. The Kantian idea of Europe: cosmopolitan and critical perspectives
    2. Democracy and globalisation: a defeasible sketch
    3. An ecological ethics
    4. The unfreedom of the moderns in relation to their ideals of constitutionalism and democracy
    Part II. On Imperialism
    5. On law, democracy and imperialism
    6. Communication and imperialism
    7. The imperial toles of modern vonstitutional democracy
    Conclusion: civic freedom contra imperialism:
    8. A new kind of Europe? Democratic integration in the European Union
    9. On global and local citizenship
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ethics in CanadianPolitics
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    James Tully, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    James Tully is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is one of the most distinguished political philosophers in the world.

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