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Thinking Towards Humanity - Themes from Norman Geras (Hardcover): David Aaronovitch Thinking Towards Humanity - Themes from Norman Geras (Hardcover)
David Aaronovitch; Edited by Stephen de Wijze; Contributions by Ophelia Benson; Edited by Eve Gerrard; Contributions by Gideon Calder
R2,165 R1,809 Discovery Miles 18 090 Save R356 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How should we respond to the inhumanity that suffused the 20th Century and continues in the present one? Has there been an adequate treatment of this issue by the political left? Questions such as these are treated in this, the first scholarly book to combine academic and blogging approaches to some of the major political issues of the day. It does this by focusing on the work of Norman Geras - Marxist, political philosopher and blogger - and developing the central themes of his work such as crimes against humanity, the Holocaust, Marxism, and the means/ends problem in politics. It contains contributions by famous political philosophers such as Michael Walzer, Hillel Steiner and David McLennan, and bloggers and journalists such as David Aaronovitch, Nick Cohen and Ophelia Benson. The book contains a unique response by Geras in which he draws together the various themes it covers. It will be of interest to all who are concerned with these pressing political issues of our times. The book will be particularly relevant for those with an academic or general interest in politics, philosophy, sociology, genocide studies, applied ethics, international relations, and law. It will also be of interest to bloggers and all those who regard the new technology as having significant implications for public debate on these issues.

Rorty's Politics of Redescription (Paperback): Gideon Calder Rorty's Politics of Redescription (Paperback)
Gideon Calder
R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Political philosopher Richard Rorty's influence on contemporary thought has increased in tandem with the controversy his outspoken views have provoked. His rejection of the grand, metaphysical questions of traditional philosophy has made him the most prominent living thinker in social and political theory. By declaring himself a pragmatist Rorty has attempted to shift the direction of modern philosophy toward the question of how to achieve a better, more humane, and more tolerant society.
Redescription--a process through which we invent novel, attractive depictions of our current social situation as well as our future options--is the name that Rorty has given the means to achieve this goal. In "Rorty's Politics of Redescription," Gideon Calder scrutinizes Rorty's writings in order to tease out their wider political and social implications, while also giving us an evaluation of Rorty's entire body of work. Calder attempts to draw out inconsistencies in Rorty's work by identifying where he has failed to escape the modern philosophical agenda that he opposes, and his astute appraisal will engross anyone interested in Rorty or philosophy's impact on politics.

Changing Directions of the British Welfare State (Hardcover, New): Gideon Calder, Jeremy Gass, Kirsten Merrill-Glover Changing Directions of the British Welfare State (Hardcover, New)
Gideon Calder, Jeremy Gass, Kirsten Merrill-Glover
R1,794 Discovery Miles 17 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a unique and timely survey of the evolving priorities of the British welfare state since its inception in the late 1940s, with an emphasis on how current and future aims and features of welfare provision compare with the ambitions of its original architects. In this book, 15 commentators, including prominent academic experts in the field, and also members of think tanks, charities and campaigning organisations - with a foreword by the BBC's Huw Edwards, explore themes such as health, education, housing, gender, disability and ethnic diversity. The result of this study is a rich, critical and thought-provoking exploration of the legacy and prospects of the welfare state - worth reading by anyone with an interest in debates on how a modern society should meet the needs of its citizens.

How Inequality Runs in Families - Unfair Advantage and the Limits of Social Mobility (Paperback): Gideon Calder How Inequality Runs in Families - Unfair Advantage and the Limits of Social Mobility (Paperback)
Gideon Calder
R303 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R17 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Most people agree that every child deserves an equal chance to flourish. Most also value family life. Yet the family plays a surprisingly crucial part in maintaining inequality from one generation to the next. The children of disadvantaged parents typically achieve less and die younger. Early in their school careers, even the most able among them fall behind their better-off peers. They are then 8 times less likely to attend a top university. In the UK, as in other rich countries, the 'playing-field' is anything but level. This book explores how seemingly mundane aspects of family life - from the right to inherit income, to the reading of bedtime stories - raise fundamental questions of social justice. Taking fairness seriously, it argues, means rethinking what equality of opportunity means.

Rorty's Politics of Redescription (Hardcover, New): Gideon Calder Rorty's Politics of Redescription (Hardcover, New)
Gideon Calder
R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Political philosopher Richard Rorty's influence on contemporary thought has increased in tandem with the controversy his outspoken views have provoked. His rejection of the grand, metaphysical questions of traditional philosophy has made him the most prominent living thinker in social and political theory. By declaring himself a pragmatist Rorty has attempted to shift the direction of modern philosophy toward the question of how to achieve a better, more humane, and more tolerant society.
Redescription--a process through which we invent novel, attractive depictions of our current social situation as well as our future options--is the name that Rorty has given the means to achieve this goal. In "Rorty's Politics of Redescription," Gideon Calder scrutinizes Rorty's writings in order to tease out their wider political and social implications, while also giving us an evaluation of Rorty's entire body of work. Calder attempts to draw out inconsistencies in Rorty's work by identifying where he has failed to escape the modern philosophical agenda that he opposes, and his astute appraisal will engross anyone interested in Rorty or philosophy's impact on politics.

How Groups Matter - Challenges of Toleration in Pluralistic Societies (Paperback): Gideon Calder, Magali Bessone, Federico Zuolo How Groups Matter - Challenges of Toleration in Pluralistic Societies (Paperback)
Gideon Calder, Magali Bessone, Federico Zuolo
R1,047 Discovery Miles 10 470 Out of stock

When groups feature in political philosophy, it is usually in one of three contexts: the redressing of past or current injustices suffered by ethnic or cultural minorities; the nature and scope of group rights; and questions around how institutions are supposed to treat a certain specific identity/cultural/ethnic group. What is missing from these debates is a comprehensive analysis of groups as both agents and objects of social policies. While this has been subject to much scrutiny by sociologists and social psychologists, it has received less attention from a normative and philosophical point of view. This volume asks: what problems are posed to political philosophy by a collection of individuals who act or are treated in a collective way? Focusing not only on ways in which institutions should treat groups, but also on the normative implications of considering groups as possible social agents, when acting either in vertical relations with the state or in horizontal relations with other groups (or individuals), this book explores these issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Contributors address both the nature of political and social philosophy itself, and the ways in which specific issues - affirmative action, race, religion and places of worship, the rights of states - have become political and social priorities.

Diversity in Europe - Dilemnas of Differential Treatment in Theory and Practice (Paperback): Gideon Calder, Emanuela Ceva Diversity in Europe - Dilemnas of Differential Treatment in Theory and Practice (Paperback)
Gideon Calder, Emanuela Ceva
R1,247 Discovery Miles 12 470 Out of stock

From bans on religious symbols in public spaces, to the provision of abortion by doctors, recent cases across Europe have highlighted acute dilemmas about how best to respond to the claims of individuals or groups feeling that their values or beliefs are not treated fairly by the law. Diversity in Europe uses the resources of political theory alongside comparative analysis of contemporary practices in different countries (Germany, Italy, Turkey, Spain and the UK) to explore the challenges diversity poses for European democracies. Crucial throughout is whether the democratic commitment to equality entails uniformity in the law, or is compatible with saying 'yes' to some requests from citizens that they be treated differently, to accommodate their ethical, cultural and religious particularity. Such differential treatment may take several forms, e.g. group or individual rights, either to legal exemptions or to conscientious objection. Exploring these from various angles, the book gives a sense of the tools democracies need to address the challenges of diversity more generally. Making an important contribution to our understanding of the political implications of ethical, cultural and religious diversity, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political and social philosophy, European studies, political science, social policy, applied ethics, law, and socio-legal studies.

Liberalism and Social Justice - International Perspectives (Hardcover): Gideon Calder, Edward Garrett Liberalism and Social Justice - International Perspectives (Hardcover)
Gideon Calder, Edward Garrett
R2,713 Discovery Miles 27 130 Out of stock

This title was first published in 2000: Bringing oes liberalism have either the theoretical capacity or the political durability to provide for social justice, particularly given the challenges of the new millennium? From a diverse array of disciplinary, cultural and critical perspectives, the contributors to this timely and incisive collection of essays cover ground ranging from the philosophical adequacy of liberalism's central tenets, to the treatment of minority and alternative cultures in contemporary Europe, to the future of welfare provision, to the continued tenability of traditional ideological distinctions and labels amid the social conditions and demands of the new millennium. The book will be of particular interest to philosophers, political scientists and social and legal theorists - and to anyone with a general interest in the present and future horizons of social justice in theory and practice.

Liberalism and Social Justice - International Perspectives (Paperback): Gideon Calder, Edward Garrett Liberalism and Social Justice - International Perspectives (Paperback)
Gideon Calder, Edward Garrett
R809 Discovery Miles 8 090 Out of stock

This title was first published in 2000: Bringing oes liberalism have either the theoretical capacity or the political durability to provide for social justice, particularly given the challenges of the new millennium? From a diverse array of disciplinary, cultural and critical perspectives, the contributors to this timely and incisive collection of essays cover ground ranging from the philosophical adequacy of liberalism's central tenets, to the treatment of minority and alternative cultures in contemporary Europe, to the future of welfare provision, to the continued tenability of traditional ideological distinctions and labels amid the social conditions and demands of the new millennium. The book will be of particular interest to philosophers, political scientists and social and legal theorists - and to anyone with a general interest in the present and future horizons of social justice in theory and practice.

Diversity in Europe - Dilemnas of differential treatment in theory and practice (Hardcover): Gideon Calder, Emanuela Ceva Diversity in Europe - Dilemnas of differential treatment in theory and practice (Hardcover)
Gideon Calder, Emanuela Ceva
R3,374 Discovery Miles 33 740 Out of stock

From bans on religious symbols in public spaces, to the provision of abortion by doctors, recent cases across Europe have highlighted acute dilemmas about how best to respond to the claims of individuals or groups feeling that their values or beliefs are not treated fairly by the law. Diversity in Europe uses the resources of political theory alongside comparative analysis of contemporary practices in different countries (Germany, Italy, Turkey, Spain and the UK) to explore the challenges diversity poses for European democracies. Crucial throughout is whether the democratic commitment to equality entails uniformity in the law, or is compatible with saying 'yes' to some requests from citizens that they be treated differently, to accommodate their ethical, cultural and religious particularity. Such differential treatment may take several forms, e.g. group or individual rights, either to legal exemptions or to conscientious objection. Exploring these from various angles, the book gives a sense of the tools democracies need to address the challenges of diversity more generally. Making an important contribution to our understanding of the political implications of ethical, cultural and religious diversity, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political and social philosophy, European studies, political science, social policy, applied ethics, law, and socio-legal studies.

Diversity in Europe - Dilemnas of differential treatment in theory and practice (Paperback): Gideon Calder, Emanuela Ceva Diversity in Europe - Dilemnas of differential treatment in theory and practice (Paperback)
Gideon Calder, Emanuela Ceva
R1,220 Discovery Miles 12 200 Out of stock

From bans on religious symbols in public spaces, to the provision of abortion by doctors, recent cases across Europe have highlighted acute dilemmas about how best to respond to the claims of individuals or groups feeling that their values or beliefs are not treated fairly by the law. Diversity in Europe uses the resources of political theory alongside comparative analysis of contemporary practices in different countries (Germany, Italy, Turkey, Spain and the UK) to explore the challenges diversity poses for European democracies. Crucial throughout is whether the democratic commitment to equality entails uniformity in the law, or is compatible with saying 'yes' to some requests from citizens that they be treated differently, to accommodate their ethical, cultural and religious particularity. Such differential treatment may take several forms, e.g. group or individual rights, either to legal exemptions or to conscientious objection. Exploring these from various angles, the book gives a sense of the tools democracies need to address the challenges of diversity more generally. Making an important contribution to our understanding of the political implications of ethical, cultural and religious diversity, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political and social philosophy, European studies, political science, social policy, applied ethics, law, and socio-legal studies.

Climate Change and Liberal Priorities (Hardcover): Gideon Calder, Catriona McKinnon Climate Change and Liberal Priorities (Hardcover)
Gideon Calder, Catriona McKinnon
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Out of stock

Can, and should, liberalism make itself hospitable to a politics which does justice to climate change? To what extent are the values, methods, and assumptions of liberalism adaptable to the challenges raised? Liberal thinking - broadly construed - may dominate the Academy and the political landscape. Are the environmental priorities that are thrown into relief by climate change a threat to it, or are they an opportunity for it to show its worth? This book explores fresh arguments by leading scholars, both of whom are sceptical of liberalism's capacity to meet these challenges, and sympathetic to the project of developing liberal values so as to create a liberal approach that can deliver climate change justice. The chapters appeal to new insights and considerations reveal the complexity of the issues at stake in the real world of climate change politics. They make the political theory of climate change justice available to decision-makers whose practice will determine whether we achieve it. This book was previously published as a special issue of Critical Review of International Social and Political Economy.

How Groups Matter - Challenges of Toleration in Pluralistic Societies (Hardcover, New): Gideon Calder, Magali Bessone, Federico... How Groups Matter - Challenges of Toleration in Pluralistic Societies (Hardcover, New)
Gideon Calder, Magali Bessone, Federico Zuolo
R2,460 R2,146 Discovery Miles 21 460 Save R314 (13%) Out of stock

When groups feature in political philosophy, it is usually in one of three contexts: the redressing of past or current injustices suffered by ethnic or cultural minorities; the nature and scope of group rights; and questions around how institutions are supposed to treat a certain specific identity/cultural/ethnic group. What is missing from these debates is a comprehensive analysis of groups as both agents and objects of social policies. While this has been subject to much scrutiny by sociologists and social psychologists, it has received less attention from a normative and philosophical point of view. This volume asks: what problems are posed to political philosophy by a collection of individuals who act or are treated in a collective way? Focusing not only on ways in which institutions should treat groups, but also on the normative implications of considering groups as possible social agents, when acting either in vertical relations with the state or in horizontal relations with other groups (or individuals), this book explores these issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Contributors address both the nature of political and social philosophy itself, and the ways in which specific issues - affirmative action, race, religion and places of worship, the rights of states - have become political and social priorities.

Climate Change and Liberal Priorities (Paperback): Gideon Calder, Catriona McKinnon Climate Change and Liberal Priorities (Paperback)
Gideon Calder, Catriona McKinnon
R820 R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Save R81 (10%) Out of stock

Can, and should, liberalism make itself hospitable to a politics which does justice to climate change? To what extent are the values, methods, and assumptions of liberalism adaptable to the challenges raised? Liberal thinking - broadly construed - may dominate the Academy and the political landscape. Are the environmental priorities that are thrown into relief by climate change a threat to it, or are they an opportunity for it to show its worth? This book explores fresh arguments by leading scholars, both of whom are sceptical of liberalism's capacity to meet these challenges, and sympathetic to the project of developing liberal values so as to create a liberal approach that can deliver climate change justice. The chapters appeal to new insights and considerations reveal the complexity of the issues at stake in the real world of climate change politics. They make the political theory of climate change justice available to decision-makers whose practice will determine whether we achieve it. This book was previously published as a special issue of Critical Review of International Social and Political Economy.

Richard Rorty (Paperback): Gideon Calder Richard Rorty (Paperback)
Gideon Calder
R80 R64 Discovery Miles 640 Save R16 (20%) Out of stock

An accessible overview of the work of one of our most influential living philosophers, as part of the "Great Philosophers" series. Richard Rorty is often cited as the most prominent philosophical defender of postmodernism. Best known for his unusually readable books and articles on philosophy -most notably "Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature" (1979) and "Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity" (1989) - Rorty has for some years now been a wide-ranging public intellectual, unwilling to be confined within the boundaries of academe.

The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children (Hardcover): Anca Gheaus, Gideon Calder, Jurgen De Wispelaere The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children (Hardcover)
Anca Gheaus, Gideon Calder, Jurgen De Wispelaere
R4,385 R3,798 Discovery Miles 37 980 Save R587 (13%) Out of stock

Childhood looms large in our understanding of human life, as a phase through which all adults have passed. Childhood is foundational to the development of selfhood, the formation of interests, values and skills and to the lifespan as a whole. Understanding what it is like to be a child, and what differences childhood makes, are thus essential for any broader understanding of the human condition. The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children is an outstanding reference source for the key topics, problems and debates in this crucial and exciting field and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into five parts: * Being a child * Childhood and moral status * Parents and children * Children in society * Children and the state. Questions covered include: What is a child? Is childhood a uniquely valuable state, and if so why? Can we generalize about the goods of childhood? What rights do children have, and are they different from adults' rights? What (if anything) gives people a right to parent? What role, if any, ought biology to play in determining who has the right to parent a particular child? What kind of rights can parents legitimately exercise over their children? What roles do relationships with siblings and friends play in the shaping of childhoods? How should we think about sexuality and disability in childhood, and about racialised children? How should society manage the education of children? How are children's lives affected by being taken into social care? The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Childhood and Children is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of childhood, political philosophy and ethics as well as those in related disciplines such as education, psychology, sociology, social policy, law, social work, youth work, neuroscience and anthropology.

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