Tragic Realism and the Utopian: An Integrated Approach to Understanding Political Ethics - Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy (Hardback)Greg S. Johnson (author)
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 17/12/2015
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This new volume presents an argument for a new understanding of political ethics. To do so, it relates political philosophy to the realities of political life, developing a notion of tragic realism. Drawing on many resources, from Thycydides and Rawls to Ricoeur and Geuss, it not only reconceptualizes utopia, but also presents tragedy as experienced from the weak and disempowered. A unique contribution to realism, the book argues that tragic realism requires the utopian, which brings up the question of normativity and legitimacy that realists have acknowledged as important, but not fully developed. The political efforts of the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011, and Sergio Vieira de Mello the United Nations Ambassador killed in Iraq in 2003 help show how the conceptual and the concrete dimensions of tragic, utopian realism form a unique understanding of political philosophy today. This significant contribution to contemporary debates in political theory bridges conceptual work with the concrete understanding that political theory and philosophy are a way of life rather than just discourse about politics. It is a work that will be essential to anyone studying key issues in political theory, ethics, and philosophy.
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 454 g
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