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The Political is Political
Author Lorna Finlayson
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield International
ISBN 9781783482870
Classification Philosophy > Western Philosophy
Price HK$361.00
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Nobody should really have to point out that political philosophy is political. Yet in this highly original and provocative book Lorna Finlayson argues that in fact it is necessary to do so. Offering a critique of mainstream liberal political philosophy through close, critical engagement with a series of specific debates and arguments, Finlayson analyzes the way in which apparently neutral methodological devices such as "charitable interpretation" and "constructive criticism" function so as to protect against challenges to the status quo. At each stage, Finlayson demonstrates that political philosophy is suffering from a complex process of "de-politicization." Even in cases where it appears that the dominant framework of liberal political philosophy is being strongly challenged-as, for example, in the case of the 'realist' critique of "ideal theory"-this book argues that the debate is set up in such a way as to impose strict limits on the kind of dissent that is possible. Only by dragging these hidden presuppositions into the foreground can we arrive at a clear-eyed appreciation of such debates, and perhaps look beyond the artificially constricted landscape in which they seek to confine us.

About the Author:

Lorna Finlayson is a junior research fellow at King's College, University of Cambridge.


Part I: 'Normal' Political Philosoph

1. There is No Alternative: Constructiveness and Political Criticism

2. Beware! Beware! The Forest of Sin!: Reluctant Reflections on Rawls

3. Foul Play: The Norm of Philosophical Charity

Part II: With Radicals Like These...

4. How to Screw Things with Words: Feminism Unrealised

5. Nowhere to Run: The Real World in Political Theory

6. Small and Unsexy: Political Theory in the Real World





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