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Author Thiele, Leslie Paul, author

Title The art and craft of political theory / Leslie Paul Thiele
Edition 1st
Published London : Routledge, 2018
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Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; 1. Theory, Ideology and Irony; Setting Our Sights; Parsimony, Accuracy and Significance; Scientific Theory and Social Science; The Interpretive Nature of Political Theory; Intersubjective Understanding; The Normative Nature of Theory; Conceptual and Historical Analysis; Ideology; Irony; Between Ideology and Irony; 2. Human Nature, Power and Politics; Political Animals; The Significance of Human Nature; Nature and Nurture; Genes and Mores; Biological and Cultural Reproduction; The Public Good and the Private Realm; Power, Force and Violence
Becoming the Tools of Our ToolsThe Midas Touch; Theories of Technology; The Politics of Information Technology; Automation and Artificial Intelligence; The Technology of Theory; Conclusion; Index
Equality and DifferenceLiberalism, Patriarchy and Power Feminism; The Politics of Class; Alienation and Revolution; Materialism and Idealism; Communism versus Socialism; 5. Enduring Challenges in a Changing World; The Life of Liberty; Positive and Negative Liberty; Forced to be Free; Freedom in the Balance; Rule within Reason; Economic Reason; Political Reason; Ecological Reason; The Scales of Justice; The Primacy of Justice; Equity and Practical Judgment; Giving to Each What is Due; 6. Technology and the Human Prospect; Promethean Origins; The Machinery of Government and Symbolic Tools
Rule and ResistanceEquality and Elites; 3. Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Political Thought; Statecraft and Soulcraft in Ancient Greece; Ordering the Soul and State; Modern Political Thought; Individualist Theories of Politics; Structuralist Theories of Politics; Postmodern Thought; Identity and the Exercise of Power; Social Control and Individual Freedom; Theorizing at the Edge of Modernity; 4. The Politics of Identity and Difference; We Hold These Truths ... ; Race, Religion and Otherness; The Other in America; Identity and Difference; Gender and Identity; Feminism and Gender Justice
Summary The Art and Craft of Political Theory provides a critical overview of the discipline's core concepts and concerns and highlightsits development of critical thinking and practical judgment. The field's interdisciplinary strengths are deployed to grapple with emerging issues and engage afresh enduring ideals and quandaries. While conventional definitions of key concepts are provided, original and controversial perspectives are also explored, revealing continuity in a tradition of thought while emphasizing its diversity and innovations. The Art and Craft of Political Theory illustrates the analytic and interpretive skills, the moral and philosophic discernment, and the historical knowledge needed to appreciate a tradition of thought, to contest its claims, and to make good use of its insights. Topics include: science, ideology and normative theory, biology, culture, human nature, power and violence, ancient, modern and postmodern political thought, liberty, equality, justice, reason and democracy, racial, religious, gender and economic identities, liberalism, socialism, capitalism, communism, anarchism, feminism and environmentalism, social media, automation, artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. This concise, lively and accessibly written book is essential reading for all students of political theory
Notes Introduction 1. Theory, Ideology and Irony 2. Human Nature, Power and Politics 3. Ancient, Modern and Postmodern Political Thought 4. The Politics of Identity and Difference 5. Enduring Challenges in a Changing World 6. Technology and the Human Prospect
Subject Political science -- Philosophy
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- History & Theory.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy.
Political science -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429461852