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Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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1-10 of 92 results in Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
  1. Max Weber and Michel Foucault

    Parallel Life-Works

    By Arpad Szakolczai

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Max Weber and Michael Foucault are among the most controversial and fascinating thinkers of our century. This book is the first to jointly analyse them in detail, and to make effective links between their lives and work; it coincides with a substantial resurgence of interest in their writings. The...

    Published August 14th 2014 by Routledge

  2. The Metaphysics of Technology

    By David Skrbina

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    What is technology? Why does it have such power in our lives? Why does it seemingly progress of its own accord, and without regard to social or environmental well-being? The quest for the essence of technology is an old one, with roots in the pre-Socratic philosophy of ancient Greece. It was then...

    Published August 11th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Cosmopolitanism and the Legacies of Dissent

    Edited by Tamara Caraus, Camil Alexandru Parvu

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    The core idea shared by all cosmopolitan views is that all human beings belong to a single community and the ultimate units of moral concern are individual human beings, not states or particular forms of human associations. Nevertheless, the attempts to ground a political theory on overarching...

    Published July 31st 2014 by Routledge

  4. The Sociology of Knowledge in a Time of Crisis

    Challenging the Phantom of Liberty

    By Onofrio Romano

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    The speed of social dynamics has overtaken the speed of thought. Adopting a dialectical perspective towards reality, social theory has always detected faults in the dominant social pattern, foreseeing crises and outlining in advance the features of new social models. Thought has always moved...

    Published July 8th 2014 by Routledge

  5. What Holism Can Do for Social Theory

    By Barbara Hanson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    This book reconsiders the nature of positivist philosophy in social science theory based on classical and medieval thought in what later became "Europe." It argues that social theory is being held back by antagonistic debates over science, positivism, objectivity, and universal law - ...

    Published July 7th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Environmental Solidarity

    How Religions Can Sustain Sustainability

    By Pablo Martínez de Anguita

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    The past few decades have seen the beginnings of a convergence between religions and ecological movements. The environmental crisis has called the religions of the world to respond by finding their voice within the larger Earth community. At the same time, a certain religiosity has started to...

    Published July 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  7. John Rawls and the History of Political Thought

    The Rousseauvian and Hegelian Heritage of Justice as Fairness

    By Jeffrey Bercuson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    In this book, Jeffrey Bercuson presents the immense, and yet for the most part unrecognized, influences of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel on John Rawls, the most important political philosopher of the 20th century. While the well-documented influence of Immanuel Kant on...

    Published June 1st 2014 by Routledge

  8. Marx and Wittgenstein

    Knowledge, Morality and Politics

    Edited by Gavin Kitching, Nigel Pleasants

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    At first sight, Karl Marx and Ludwig Wittgenstein may well seem to be as different from each other as it is possible for the ideas of two major intellectuals to be. Despite this standard conception, however, a small number of scholars have long suggested that there are deeper philosophical...

    Published April 27th 2014 by Routledge

  9. The Psychology and Politics of the Collective

    Groups, Crowds and Mass Identifications

    Edited by Ruth Parkin-Gounelas

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    What are the psychological factors in operation when we form groups or crowds, and how are these affected by socio-historical circumstances? History offers endless examples of different forms of human collectivity, both private and public, small-scale and large: from the primal horde to the modern...

    Published April 8th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Wittgenstein and the Idea of a Critical Social Theory

    A Critique of Giddens, Habermas and Bhaskar

    By Nigel Pleasants

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    This book uses the philosophy of Wittgenstein as a perspective from which to challenge the very idea of critical social theory, represented preeminently by Giddens, Habermas and Bhaskar. Renouncing the quest for an alternative Wittgensteinian theory of social and political life, the author shows...

    Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge