• Democracy in What State? (New Directions in Critical Theory)

    By Giorgio Agamben

    Our Price: $70.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780231152983
    • Publisher: Columbia University Press
    • Published: January 2011
    Is it meanngful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how do you interpret the word? In responding to this question, eight iconoclastic thinkers prove the rich potential of democracy, along with its critical weaknesses, & reconceive the practice to accomodate new political & cultural realities. Concentrating on the classical roots of democracy & its changing meaning over time & within different contexts, these essays uniquely defend what is left of the left-wing tradition after the fall of Soviet communism. They confront disincentives to active democratic participation that have caused voter turnout to decline in Western countries, & address electoral indifference by invoking & reviving the tradition of citizen involvement.
  • Mythology, Madness and Laughter: Subjectivity In German Idealism

    By Markus Gabriel

    Our Price: $55.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781441191052
    • Publisher: Continuum
    • Published: December 2009
    German post-Kantian idealism was designed to effectuate a shift from epistemology to a new ontology, but without simply regressing to pre-critical metaphysics, contend Gabriel (philosophy, New School for Social Research, US) and Zizek (cultural studies, U. of Ljubljana, Slovenia). They locate the gap between the alleged absolute thing-in-itself and the relative phenomenal world within the absolute itself. It is a crucial duty of contemporary post-Kantian idealism, to make sense of this shift, they say, in order to contribute to the overcoming of epistemology as prima philosophia. Hegel and Fichte are the idealist figures they concentrate most on. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (