Democracy in Dark Times
By (author) Jeffrey C. Isaac
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Democracy in Dark Times by Jeffrey C. Isaac
Book DescriptionIn an effort to rethink what democracy means after the demise of European Communism, Isaac presents an integrated account of current events, contemporary history and political philosophy. He challenges the celebratory tones in which a global resurgence of democracy is often announced, urging a chastened conception of democratic politics which stresses the modest efforts of self-constituted civic initiative and movements. The text views contemporary democratic practice through the lens of Hannah Arendt's political theory and explores the difficulties of democratic citizenship and civil society which concerned Arendt. Isaac deals with issues of pressing relevance, including the Eastern and Central European revolutions of 1989, the future of democracy in America and the ethical significance of the Bosnian genocide. By using Arendt's ideas as a way to understand some of the most challenging problems of the 20th century, Isaac seeks to offer a sensitive treatment of the differences and affinities between her "dark times" and our own.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801484544
(229mm x 226mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey C. Isaac
Communist Manifesto, Paperback (June 2012)
It is hard to imagine a book, essay or pamphlet outside of the Bible that has been more influential, and widely read, than Marx and Engels' "Communist Manifesto". Part of the "Rethinking the Western Tradition" series, this edition of the "Manifesto" features essays that address its relevance in the post-1989, post-Cold War world.
Arendt, Camus and Modern Rebellion, Paperback (September 1994)» View all books by Jeffrey C. Isaac
An examination of the political thinkers Hannah Arendt and Albert Camus. Isaac shows that both writers advanced the idea of a democratic civil society made up of self-limiting groups. While they criticized typical institutions of democratic politics, they favoured alternative forms of organization.
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