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The Primacy of Persons in Politics: Empiricism and Political Philosophy (Hardback)
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The Primacy of Persons in Politics: Empiricism and Political Philosophy (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 30/04/2013
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What is the nature of political activity? This question has vexed political thinkers since Plato wrote Statesman and remains challenging today. Contemporary intellectual categories obstruct individuals from understanding politics as a distinct species of activity with its own realm of expertise, modes and ends. Instead politics is poorly directed by notions of achieving a complete or final end of affairs. It tends to be conflated with other types of activities and realms of life, including economics, power-seeking, and law and procedure. As a result, politics often is untethered from morality.

Taking as their departure point the political-philosophical analyses of German scholar Tilo Schabert, the philosophical and empirical essays in this volume invite the reader to move beyond the sterile dichotomy of political activity as either pure will or as folded into a more manageable activity. The contributors argue that politics is a highly creative human activity that eludes capture within a final and static analytical framework, concluding that ethical political action is indeed part of the essence of politics.

Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press
ISBN: 9780813221236
Number of pages: 336


MEDIA REVIEWS
"These essays, one by Schabert and eight from those working from his insights, draw productively from ancient and modern philosophers and theologians to illuminate aspects of politics, particularly where specific persons play a leading role."--D.J. Maletz, CHOICE

"The essays collected in the volume The Primacy of Persons in Politics by editors John von Heyking and Thomas Heilke, provide an in-depth overview of the meaning, the impact, the breadth and relevance of Schabert's work This collection allows us to discover a thinker seeking to re-orient our contemporary approach to politics and its study in a forceful and profound way by bringing us back to persons."--Society

""This is precisely the sort of book that all political scientists should read. Tilo Schabert's work, and the elaboration of it in this volume, offers theoretical tools for understanding the world of politics that are missing from the positivist approach. Not only will this affirm the 'usefulness' of political theory to non-political theorists, it might also remind political theorists themselves to re-engage the 'empirical' aspect of their own vocation. This volume is a testament to the continued salience of political theory and should be required reading for all those who aspire to a career in the discipline."--Richard Avramenko, assistant professor of political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison"--

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