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Republican Theory in Political Thought Virtuous or Virtual?

by Na Na

Republican Theory in Political Thought Virtuous or Virtual? Synopsis

The book provides a thematic examination of republican theory from the Italian Renaissance, through seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century England, the late- eighteenth-century Enlightenment and the experiences of the early American republic to contemporary debates. It maps out a republican ideal type according to four themes - popular sovereignty, a view of history which is sensitive to systemic corruption, an insistence on civic virtue and, following Philip Pettit, a conception of liberty as non-domination. It evaluates the attractiveness of those themes to liberals, communitarians, socialists, environmentalists and feminists and examines their relevance to inhabitants of the non-Western world. The book contributes to several topical debates dealing with the distinctiveness of a specifically republican tradition, the eclipse of virtue-centred thinking in the eighteenth century, the reassessment of the United States revolutionary tradition, the merits of liberalism versus communitarianism and the waves of democracy which are currently celebrated and criticized worldwide.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780312220532
Publication date: 17th July 1999
Author: Na Na
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan an imprint of Palgrave USA
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 211 pages
Categories: Political science & theory, Political science & theory,

About Na Na

Bill Brugger is Professor of Politics at Flinders University, Australia.

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