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Between Specters of War and Visions of Peace: Dialogic Political Theory and the Challenges of Politics

Gerald M. Mara

Abstract

This book examines how ideas of war and peace have functioned as organizing frames of reference within the history of political theory. It interprets ten widely read figures in that history within five thematically focused chapters that pair (in order) Schmitt and Derrida, Aquinas and Machiavelli, Hobbes and Kant, Hegel and Nietzsche, and Thucydides and Plato. The book’s substantive argument is that attempts to establish either war or peace as dominant intellectual perspectives obscure too much of political life. The book argues for a style of political theory committed more to questioning tha ... More

Keywords: war, peace, political philosophy history, interpretation, democratic Citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190903916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190903916.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald M. Mara, author
Affiliated Professor of Government and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Georgetown University