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Philosophy and Real Politics

August 17, 2008 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9780691137889
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A trenchant critique of established ideas in political philosophy and a provocative call for change

Many contemporary political thinkers are gripped by the belief that their task is to develop an ideal theory of rights or justice for guiding and judging political actions. But in Philosophy and Real Politics, Raymond Geuss argues that philosophers should first try to understand why real political actors behave as they actually do. Far from being applied ethics, politics is a skill that allows people to survive and pursue their goals. To understand politics is to understand the powers, motives, and concepts that people have and that shape how they deal with the problems they face in their particular historical situations.

Philosophy and Real Politics both outlines a historically oriented, realistic political philosophy and criticizes liberal political philosophies based on abstract conceptions of rights and justice.

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About this Author

Raymond Geuss is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Cambridge. His many books include A World without Why; Outside Ethics; Public Goods, Private Goods (all Princeton); and Not Thinking like a Liberal.

ISBN: 9780691137889
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2008-08-17


"A discipline-altering book."---Glen Newey, London Review of Books

"[Geuss's] intention in Philosophy and Real Politics, his short, sharp new book, is . . . to introduce a note of realism into contemporary philosophical debates about justice, by force if necessary."---Adam Kirsch, City Journal

"A manifesto for a new political philosophy. . . . Geuss's realist proposal brings forcefully to the contemporary political discussion the idea that philosophy is an engaged discipline, both in the sense of engagee, of directly speaking to the political issues of the day, and in the sense of having its own historical cultural commitments firmly in view."---Katerina Deligiorgi, Philosopher's Magazine

"Philosophy and Real Politics is an impressive and provocative essay on contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy theory."---Christoph Konrath, Law and Politics Book Review

"[G]iven the current trends in political philosophy, Geuss's book is both timely and extremely important. One of Geuss's many virtues as a political philosopher is his ability to effectively confront philosophical complacency, and this superb book is surely successful in this regard."---David Sherman, Social Theory and Practice

"A slim, devastating critique of the flight towards abstraction and pristine idealism in contemporary liberal political thought--a path led by the late John Rawls. Geuss's work deserves to be far better known."---Sunil Khilnani, Outlook India

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