Author: William Clare Roberts
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2016-12-20
Marx’s Inferno reconstructs the major arguments of Karl Marx’s Capital and inaugurates a completely new reading of a seminal classic. Rather than simply a critique of classical political economy, William Roberts argues that Capital was primarily a careful engagement with the motives and aims of the workers’ movement. Understood in this light, Capital emerges as a profound work of political theory. Placing Marx against the background of nineteenth-century socialism, Roberts shows how Capital was ingeniously modeled on Dante’s Inferno, and how Marx, playing the role of Virgil for the proletariat, introduced partisans of workers’ emancipation to the secret depths of the modern “social Hell.” In this manner, Marx revised republican ideas of freedom in response to the rise of capitalism. Combining research on Marx’s interlocutors, textual scholarship, and forays into recent debates, Roberts traces the continuities linking Marx’s theory of capitalism to the tradition of republican political thought. He immerses the reader in socialist debates about the nature of commerce, the experience of labor, the power of bosses and managers, and the possibilities of political organization. Roberts rescues those debates from the past, and shows how they speak to ever-renewed concerns about political life in today’s world.
Author: Tarak Barkawi
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Political science
This special issue is animated by the necessary entanglement of theory and history, the cortical relationship between theory and practice, and the transboundary (i.e. international) relations that help to constitute systems of thought and practice. We make three core arguments: first, all theory is situated knowledge, derived in and through history; second, theory-practice is a single field in which theory arises out of and acts upon historical experience; and third, both social and political theory have international origins - theory is forged through ongoing encounters between 'here' and 'there', 'home' and 'abroad', and the 'domestic' and the 'foreign'.
Author: David Felix
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
Release Date: 1983
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
This is a radical reinterpretation of Marx’s life and works. Unquestionably one of the greatest thinkers in world history, Marx persistently made his ideas serve his political instincts, modifying his thoughts according to the standard of political effectiveness—the needs of power. Marx as Politician is a political life beginning with Marx’s early years when he was sensitized to politics by the unique situation of the Rhineland, occupied for two decades by the revolutionary and Napoleonic French and then handed over to the Prussian bureaucracy. Defining his major effects on our late 20-century world, the biography carries Marx through to the burnt-out but still masterful leader. Felix traces the pattern and demonstrates the importance of such political actions by Marx as his editorship of leading radical newspapers in Germany during two important periods; his leadership of the Communist League and the First International; his role as a provincial politician as well as an editor in the German Revolution of 1848; his brilliant use of the Paris Commune to gain credit for the International and his revolutionary doctrines; his shaping of the Communist Manifesto and Capital to provide inspiration, strategy, and structure for world communist revolution; his manipulation of the German socialist parties; and his cautious but quickening contacts with Russian populist revolutionaries. In all of this, Felix shows Marx the politician seeking and nurturing power against the grain of his time. While his political greatness became apparent only following his death, his stature was assured by the genius that kept his communist revolution inviolate—neither corrupted by compromise nor annihilated by premature action. By focusing on Marx’s actions as related to his ideas, Felix renders untenable the conventional view of Marx as a failed and distracted leader. He shows, on the contrary, that Marx belongs among such leaders as Pericles and Caesar, Disraeli and Bismarck, Lenin and Roosevelt.
The Sociology of Religion has had several frameworks guiding its analysis including functionalism, interpretive sociology, phenomenology, symbolic interactionism and rational choice theory. This collection of essays aims to establish a critical theory of religion within the sociology of religion as an alternative to rational choice.
Author: William F. Lawhead
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Release Date: 2001-09
Highly praised by reviewers for its clarity and rich exposition, this history of philosophy text illustrates philosophy as a process and not just a collection of opinions or conclusions. Lawhead helps students retrace the philosopher's intellectual journey rather than simply giving a report of the results so that the students see how the problems arose. Thus the philosopher's problem becomes a puzzle which the student has to face. Lawhead uses metaphors, analogies, vivid images, concrete examples, common experiences, and diagrams to bring the abstract issues down to earth and show the practical implications and contemporary relevance of positions.
Author: Gil Anidjar
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2014-04-29
Blood, according to Gil Anidjar, maps the singular history of Christianity. As a category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining Western culture, politics, and social practices and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and law. Engaging with a variety of sources, Anidjar explores the presence and the absence, the making and unmaking of blood in philosophy and medicine, law and literature, and economic and political thought from ancient Greece to medieval Spain, from the Bible to Shakespeare and Melville. The prevalence of blood in the social, juridical, and political organization of the modern West signals that we do not live in a secular age into which religion could return. Flowing across multiple boundaries, infusing them with violent precepts that we must address, blood undoes the presumed oppositions between religion and politics, economy and theology, and kinship and race. It demonstrates that what we think of as modern is in fact imbued with Christianity. Christianity, Blood fiercely argues, must be reconsidered beyond the boundaries of religion alone.
The publication of the first two volumes of the six-volume Divine Comedy brings readers Mark Musa's vivid verse translation of the Inferno. Musa has revised his earlier version, long cited as the most accessible and reliable of the English translations. The dual-language first volume presents Musa's translation with facing Italian text. Students of translation theory and comparative literature--and the general reader--will delight in the opportunity to read this fresh, crisp translation against the original Italian verse. Musa's lifetime study of the Inferno has been compiled in the second volume, an extensive Commentary, where Musa examines and discusses the critical commentary of other Dante scholars and presents his own ideas and interpretations, shedding light on Dante's text as well as on his own translation.
Author: Anthony Thomson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 2005-08-12
Genre: Political Science
Foundations of Social Theory is an introduction to social thought beginning with the intellectual transformation of the western world at the end of the first Christian millennium and ending with the rise of critical social thought in the 20th century.
Author: Leo P. Chall
Release Date: 2003
CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.
Author: Lawrence J. Trudeau
Publisher: Gale Cengage
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Literary Criticism
Presents literary criticism on the works of twentieth-century writers of all genres, nations, and cultures. Critical essays are selected from leading sources, including published journals, magazines, books, reviews, diaries, interviews, radio and television transcripts, pamphlets, and scholarly papers.