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Pluralism and the Personality of the State

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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521022637

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  • Pluralism and the Personality of the State tells the history of English political thought from 1900 to 1933, concentrating on the work of the political pluralists and their attack on the idea of state sovereignty. It explores the background to their work in the ideas of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes and the German jurist Otto von Gierke. It also looks at what wider relevance their ideas might have today, particularly with regard to the question of the relation between the state and voluntary associations.

    • First complete history of political pluralism, the dominant force in English political thought in the early twentieth century
    • Original interpretation of Hobbes' Leviathan
    • Makes important contributions to philosophical arguments about the role and identity of the state
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "As a history of the implantation of ideas within a particular context, this work is exceptional. As an incisive conceptual negotiation of this tradition....this work borders on brilliance." B.J. Macdonald, Choice

    "...such thoroughness is part and parcel of the book's great value to historians of ideas in early twentieth century England." Review of Metaphysics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521022637
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.455kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Personality of Associations:
    1. Introduction
    2. Hobbes and the person of the commonwealth
    3. Gierke and the Genossenschaft
    4. Trusts and sovereigns
    Part II. Political Pluralism:
    5. Maitland and the real personality of associations
    6. Figgis and the communitas communitatum
    7. Barker and the discredited state
    8. Cole and guild socialism
    9. Laski and political pluralism
    10. The return of the state
    Part III. The Personality of the State:
    11. The mask of personality
    12. The mask of the group
    13. The mask of the state
    14. Conclusion

  • Author

    David Runciman, University of Cambridge

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