Pareto and Political Theory
By (author) Joseph V. Femia
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Pareto and Political Theory by Joseph V. Femia
Book DescriptionPareto and Political Theory is the first book-length study of the philosopher's importance in terms of the most fundamental issues of political discourse: individualism vs. holism, science vs. hermeneutics, laissez-faire vs. social engineering, and value relativism vs. moral absolutism. Joseph V. Femia shows that although Pareto is considered a 'founding father' of both sociology and mathematical economics, his contribution to political theory is neither fully recognised nor properly explored. This is also the only book to examine Pareto's critique of Kantianism and natural law and also includes the first comparison of Pareto's thought with postmodernism and a detailed refutation of the familiar charge that Pareto was a defender of fascism. This critical, but sympathetic analysis refutes the familiar charge that Pareto was some sort of proto-fascist and instead locates him in the Machiavellian tradition of 'sceptical liberalism', which scorns metaphysical abstraction and assigns ontological primacy to the individual. Though suspicious of rational schemes for human improvement, sceptical liberals are equally suspicious of the myths and rhetoric that sustain the status quo. This new volume concludes with a fascinating comparison between Pareto's scepticism and that of recent postmodernist thought, which also debunks the 'grand narratives' of historical progress. This book will be of great interest to all students of politics, philosophy and sociology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415288132
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joseph V. Femia
Against the Masses, Hardback (August 2001)
An analysis of the anti-democratic tradition in Western thought, this title highlights the fatalism and pessimism of anti-democratic thinkers and argues that they fail to understand the adaptability of democracy and its ability to co-exist with traditional and elitist values.
Marxism and Democracy, Paperback (June 1993)
The collapse of the Soviet Union would seem to sound the death knell for Marxism as a blueprint for social change. Through a critical and systematic analysis of what Marx and his disciples had to say about democracy, Joseph Femia sheds light on the reasons for this failure.
Gramsci's Political Thought, Paperback (April 1987)» View all books by Joseph V. Femia
The unifying idea of Gramsci's famous "Prison Notebooks" is the concept of hegemony. In this study of these fragmentary writings, Dr Femia elucidates the precise character of this concept.
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Author Biography - Joseph V. Femia
Joseph V. Femia is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of several books, including Machiavelli Revisited (2004) and Against the Masses: Varieties of Anti-Democratic Thought since the French Revolution (2001).
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