False Necessity

Anti-necessitarian Social Theory in the Service of Radical Democracy : from Politics, a Work in Constructive Social Theory

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859843314

Category: Philosophy

Page: 661

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False necessity is the central work in the three-volume series Politics. It presents both a way of explaining society and a program for changing it. The explanation develops a radical alternative to Marxism, showing how we can account for established social arrangements without denying their contingency or our freedom. The program offers a progressive alternative to the now-dominant ideological conceptions of neoliberalism and social democracy: a set of institutional innovations that would democratize markets, deepen democracy and empower individuals.
Posted in Philosophy

Dekonstruktion und Demokratisierung

Emanzipatorische Politiktheorie im Kontext der Postmoderne

Author: Anja Rüdiger

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322936899

Category: Social Science

Page: 372

View: 5947

Posted in Social Science

Politics: Volume 3, Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task

A Work in Constructive Social Theory

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521338622

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 9003

A critical introduction to Politics, a work in constructive social theory.
Posted in Political Science

Demokratie, Diktatur, Gerechtigkeit

Festschrift für Wolfgang Merkel

Author: Aurel Croissant,Sascha Kneip,Alexander Petring

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 365816090X

Category: Political Science

Page: 789

View: 3989

Der begriffliche Dreiklang Demokratie, Diktatur und Gerechtigkeit benennt zentrale, miteinander verknüpfte politikwissenschaftliche und gesellschaftspolitische Themen des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts. Der Band bietet aus normativer, theoretischer und empirischer Perspektive innovative Fragestellungen und Erkenntnisse zu den unterschiedlichen Facetten dieser Trias. Die Beiträge widmen sich u.a. der Konzeptualisierung und Messung von Demokratie, den Herausforderungen an junge und alte Demokratien, der Konzeptualisierung, Performanz und Persistenz von Diktaturen sowie Konzepten, Grundfragen und Herausforderungen der Gerechtigkeit in Nord und Süd.
Posted in Political Science

Kritische Justiz

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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Posted in Law

Menschen- und Bürgerrechte

Vorträge aus der Tagung der Deutschen Sektion der Internationalen Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (IVR) in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland vom 9.-12. Oktober 1986 in Köln

Author: Ulrich Klug

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Civil rights

Page: 152

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Posted in Civil rights

Materializing democracy

toward a revitalized cultural politics

Author: Russ Castronovo

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 427

View: 9516

Investigates the complex histories and conflicting desires that are generally concealed behind the term “democracy.”
Posted in Political Science

Social Theory

Its Situation and Its Task : a Critical Introduction to Politics, a Work in Constructive Social Theory

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844675159

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 7441

Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task is an introduction both to Unger's ideas and to the major debates of contemporary social, political and economic thought. Unger shows how the failures of social science and the criticism of such ambitious, deterministic theories as Marxism offer materials for an alternative practice of social understanding. This alternative severs, once and for all, the link between the explanation of social arrangements and the vindication of their necessity. Unger argues that the disappointment of so many liberal and socialist hopes coexists with unforeseen opportunities to advance progressive commitments. To seize such opportunities, however, we must rethink many of our basic beliefs about society about what it is and what it can become. Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task shows that what at first seems a circumstance of intellectual and political paralysis turns out to be rich in unrecognized transformative possibility.
Posted in Political Science

Politics

The Central Texts, Theory Against Fate

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841310

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

View: 864

This selection of key texts from Roberto Mangabeira Unger's three-volume Politics presents an explanatory theory of society and a program for social reconstruction as a radical alternative to Marxism and social democracy. The explanatory part of the work rejects the search for a lawlike science of society and history, and emphasizes the haphazardness and replaceability of existing social arrangements. Unger shows how such an antideterministic approach can inspire surprising explanations of past and present institutions, with the result that our sense of the possible is both broadened and refined. He then shows how we can rebuild our political, economic, and social institutions, making them more faithful to the experimental nature of democracy. The consequence is to redefine the focus for ideological debate and institutional innovation throughout the world, in developed and developing countries alike. With an introduction that locates Unger's work in the history of politics and social theory and explores its major themes, this selection will confirm Geoffrey Hawthorn's description of Politics as "the most powerful social theory of the second half of the twentieth century."
Posted in Political Science

What Should Legal Analysis Become?

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841006

Category: Law

Page: 198

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Roberto Mangabeira Unger brings together his work in legal and social theory. He argues for the reconstruction of legal analysis as a discipline of institutional imagination. He shows how a changed practice of legal analysis can help us re-imagine and reshape the dominant institutions of representative democracy, market economy and free civil society. The search for basic social alternatives, largely abandoned by philosophy and politics, can find in such a practice a new point of departure. Unger criticizes the dominant, rationalizing style of legal doctrine, with its obsessional focus upon adjudication and its urge to suppress or contain conflict or contradiction in law. He shows how we can turn legal analysis into a way of talking about the alternative institutional futures of a democratic society. The programmatic proposals of Unger's Politics are here placed within a wider field of possibilities. A major concern of the book is to explore how professional specialties such as legal thought can inform the public debate in a democracy. The book exemplifies this connection: Unger's arguments are accessible to those with no specialized knowledge of law or legal theory.
Posted in Law

Democracy Realized

The Progressive Alternative

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859840092

Category: Political Science

Page: 309

View: 3435

Roberto Mangabeira Unger is widely regarded as one of the leading living social theorists. In Democracy Realized, he gives detailed content to his conception of a progressive and practical alternative to neoliberalism in contemporary politics. His efforts to inspire this have drawn increasing attention throughout the world as well as in his native Brazil where they are currently informing a network of politicians and business leaders called The Latin American Alternative. But the United States and Europe, argues Unger, are equally in need of a fresh alternative to the status quo.
Posted in Political Science

McGill law journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

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A zone of engagement

Author: Perry Anderson

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 384

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The texts in this volume offer critical assessments of a number of leading figures in contemporary intellectual life, who are in different ways thinkers at the intersection of history and politics. They include Roberto Unger, advocate of plasticity; the historians of antiquity and of revolution, Geoffrey de Ste. Croix and Isaac Deutscher; the philosophers of liberalism, Norberto Bobbio and Isaiah Berlin; the sociologists of power, Michael Mann and W.G. Runciman; the exponents of national identity, Andreas Hillgruber and Fernand Braudel; the ironists of science, Max Weber and Ernest Gellner; Carlo Ginzburg, explorer of cultural continuity, and Marshall Berman, herald of modernity. A concluding chapter looks at the idea of the end of history, recently advanced by Francis Fukuyama, in its successive versions from the nineteenth century to the present, and considers the situation of socialism today in the light of it.
Posted in History

What Should the Left Propose?

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844670482

Category: Political Science

Page: 179

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What Shouldthe Left Propose? is a manifesto that engages a vital issue of ourtime: the program for which Leftists should stand, now that the ideological proposals of the past twohundred years are exhausted. Confronting the major debates in the worldtoday — about national alternatives and alternative globalizations — Ungershows that there is a set of national and global alternatives that wecan begin to develop with the materials at hand: opportunitiesavailable to us only if we learn to recognize them. These alternativeswould, over time, vastly enhance our practical capabilities. They wouldalso give greater reality to the central teaching of democracy: faithin the constructive genius of ordinary men and women. For Unger, a programmatic argument is not a blueprint; it marks a direction and explores next steps. He explores the form this direction could take in the European social democracies, in the United States, in the developing countries, and in the contest over the reform of globalization. He shows how the Left in power can do more than use compensatory redistribution to sugarcoat economic inequality, and how it can make good on its ideals without reaffirming a discredited commitment to governmental control of the economy.
Posted in Political Science

Environment and Planning

Society & space. D

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Electronic journals

Page: N.A

View: 5290

International interdisciplinary journal discussing the relations between Society and Space. Space is broadly conceived: from landscapes of the body to global geographies; from cyberspace to old growth forests; as metaphorical and material; as theoretical construct and empirical fact. Covers both practical politics and the abstractions of social theory.
Posted in Electronic journals

Plasticity Into Power

Comparative-historical Studies on the Institutional Conditions of Economic and Military Success : Variations on Themes of Politics, a Work in Constructive Social Theory

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844675166

Category: Political Science

Page: 231

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Plasticity into Power works out, through historical examples, a major theme of Unger's work—the relation between institutional and organizational flexibility and the development of our collective ability to produce or to destroy. The message of the book is that the practical success of a society depends on its capacity for permanent innovation. Certain practices and institutions—the history and content of which Unger explores—can nurture this capacity. Unger pursues this topic through wide-ranging historical inquiries into the European escape from the recurring crises that foreclosed political and economic breakthroughs in the great empires of the past; the invention of revolutionary approaches to the governmental protection of wealth; and the social conditions of military success, viewed as sources of insight into the social foundations of economic growth. Throughout, Plasticity into Power exemplifies a conception of the relation between theory and history that remains faithful to the surprising, open-ended quality of lived experience.
Posted in Political Science

Peaceful changes in world politics

Author: Heikki Patomäki

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789517061537

Category: World politics

Page: 430

View: 1423

Posted in World politics

Radical Criminology

Author: Michael J. Lynch

Publisher: Dartmouth Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 501

View: 3032

This text contains a variety of works that represent the radical tradition within criminology and criminal justice. The essays provide some background into radical assumptions, feature contemporary advances, include empirical examinations and illustrate substantive issues.
Posted in Social Science