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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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  • Set against the broad context of philosophical arguments about group and state personality, Pluralism and the Personality of the State tells, for the first time, the history of political pluralism. The pluralists believed that the state was simply one group among many, and could not therefore be sovereign. They also believed that groups, like individuals, might have personalities of their own. The book examines the philosophical background to political pluralist ideas with particular reference to the work of Thomas Hobbes and the German Otto von Gierke. It also traces the development of pluralist thought before, during and after the First World War. Part Three returns to Hobbes in order to see what conclusions can be drawn about the nature of his Leviathan and the nature of the state as it exists today.

    • 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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    • 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

    Preface
    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
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    David Runciman, University of Cambridge

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