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Inequality and Democratic Egalitarianism - 'Marx's Economy and Beyond' and Other Essays (Paperback): Mark... Inequality and Democratic Egalitarianism - 'Marx's Economy and Beyond' and Other Essays (Paperback)
Mark Harvey, Norman Geras
R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book arose out of a friendship between a political philosopher and an economic sociologist, and their recognition of an urgent political need to address the extreme inequalities of wealth and power in contemporary societies. It provides a new analysis of what generates inequalities in rights to income, property and public goods in contemporary societies. By critiquing Marx's foundational theory of exploitation, it moves beyond Marx, both in its analysis of inequality, and in its concept of just distribution. It points to the major historical transformations that create educational and knowledge inequalities, inequalities in rights to public goods that combine with those to private wealth. It argues that asymmetries of economic power are inherently gendered and racialized, and that forms of coercion and slavery are deeply embedded in the histories of capitalism. -- .

Literature of Revolution - Essays on Marxism (Paperback): Norman Geras Literature of Revolution - Essays on Marxism (Paperback)
Norman Geras
R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This influential collection explores the pivotal texts and topics in the Marxist tradition. Ranging over questions of social theory, political theory, moral philosophy and literary criticism, it looks at the thought of Marx and Trotsky, Luxemburg, Lenin and Althusser. Included here are Geras's influential and widely cited treatment of fetishism in Capital, his comprehensive review of debates on Marxism and justice, discussions on political organization, revolutionary mass action and party pluralism, and a novel analysis of the literary power of Trotsky's writing.

Thinking Towards Humanity - Themes from Norman Geras (Hardcover): Stephen de Wijze, Eve Garrard Thinking Towards Humanity - Themes from Norman Geras (Hardcover)
Stephen de Wijze, Eve Garrard; Contributions by David Aaronovitch, Ophelia Benson, Gideon Calder, …
R1,724 Discovery Miles 17 240 Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Paperback): Norman Geras Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Paperback)
Norman Geras
R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An important contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century Marxism During the first decades of the twentieth century, Rosa Luxemburg was the leader of the workers' movement in Poland and Germany. She made a remarkable contribution to socialist theory and practice, yet her legacy remains in dispute. In this book Norman Geras interrogates and refutes the myths that have developed around her work. She was an opponent of socialist participation in the First World War and, as Geras shows, her views on socialist strategy in Russia were closer to Lenin's than any other leader's. Geras explores the development of Luxemburg's critique in the period following the war and demonstrates how her thought is distinct from the social democratic or anarchist theories into which it is often subsumed. Geras brings new light to bear on one of the most misrepresented figures in radical history, illustrating her inspiring lack of complacency and her commitment to questioning those in authority on both the Right and the Left.

Enlightenment and Modernity (Hardcover): Robert Wokler Enlightenment and Modernity (Hardcover)
Robert Wokler; Edited by Norman Geras
R3,815 Discovery Miles 38 150 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This collection of essays is addressed to the legacy of Enlightenment thought, with respect to 18th-century notions of human nature, human rights, representative democracy or the nation state, and with regard to the barbarism, including the Holocaust, allegedly unleashed by 18th-century ideals of civilization. Each author offers an interpretation of modern or postmodern philosophy against the background of a so-called Enlightenment Project, envisaged as the conceptual ghost that haunts modernity.

Literature of Revolution - Essays on Marxism (Paperback): Norman Geras Literature of Revolution - Essays on Marxism (Paperback)
Norman Geras
R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Crimes Against Humanity - Birth of a Concept (Hardcover): Norman Geras Crimes Against Humanity - Birth of a Concept (Hardcover)
Norman Geras
R1,770 R1,646 Discovery Miles 16 460 Save R124 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book tells the story of the emergence of the concept of crimes against humanity. It examines its origins, the ethical assumptions underpinning it, its legal and philosophical boundaries, and some of the controversies connected with it. A brief historical introduction is followed by an exploration of the various meanings of the term 'crimes against humanity' that have been suggested; a definition is proposed linking it to the idea of basic human rights. The book looks at some problems with the boundaries of the concept, the threshold for its proper application and the related issue of humanitarian intervention. It concludes with a discussion of the prospects for the further development of crimes-against-humanity law. The work serves as a clear and compact introduction for students of politics, philosophy and law, as well as for the general reading public. -- .

Inequality and Democratic Egalitarianism - 'Marx's Economy and Beyond' and Other Essays (Hardcover): Mark... Inequality and Democratic Egalitarianism - 'Marx's Economy and Beyond' and Other Essays (Hardcover)
Mark Harvey, Norman Geras
R1,685 Discovery Miles 16 850 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book arose out of a friendship between a political philosopher and an economic sociologist, and their recognition of an urgent political need to address the extreme inequalities of wealth and power in contemporary societies. It provides a new analysis of what generates inequalities in rights to income, property and public goods in contemporary societies. By critiquing Marx's foundational theory of exploitation, it moves beyond Marx, both in its analysis of inequality, and in its concept of just distribution. It points to the major historical transformations that create educational and knowledge inequalities, inequalities in rights to public goods that combine with those to private wealth. It argues that asymmetries of economic power are inherently gendered and racialized, and that forms of coercion and slavery are deeply embedded in the histories of capitalism. -- .

The Contract of Mutual Indifference - Political Philosophy After the Holocaust (Paperback, New edition): Norman Geras The Contract of Mutual Indifference - Political Philosophy After the Holocaust (Paperback, New edition)
Norman Geras
R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A powerful work of moral and political philosophy.The idea which I shall present here came to me more or less out of the blue. I was on a train some five years ago, on my way to spend a day at Headingley and I was reading a book about the death camp at Sobibor... The particular, not very appropriate, conjunction involved for me in this train journey... had the effect of fixing my thoughts on one of the more dreadful features of human coexistence, when in the shape of a simple five-word phrase the idea occurred to me. In The Contract of Mutual Indifference, Norman Geras discusses a central aspect of the experience of the Holocaust with a view to exploring its most important contemporary implications. In a bold and powerful synthesis of memorial, literary record, historical reflection and political theory, he focuses on the figure of the bystander--the bystander to the destruction of the Jews of Europe and the bystander to more recent atrocities--to consider the moral consequences of looking on without active response at persecution and great suffering. Geras argues that the tragedy of European Jewry, so widely pondered by historians, social scientists, psychologists, theologians and others, has not yet found its proper reflection within political philosophy. Attempting to fill the gap, he adapts an old idea from within that tradition of enquiry, the idea of the social contract, to the task of thinking about the triangular relation between perpetrators, victims and bystanders, and draws a somber conclusion from it. Geras goes on to ask how far this conclusion may be offset by the hypothesis of a universal duty to bring aid. The Contract of Mutual Indifference is an original and challenging work, aimed at the complacent abstraction of much contemporary theory. It is supplemented by three shorter essays on the implications of the Jewish catastrophe for conceptions of human nature and progress and for certain types of Marxist explanation.

Solidarity in the Conversation of Humankind - Ungroundable Liberalism of Richard Rorty (Paperback, New): Norman Geras Solidarity in the Conversation of Humankind - Ungroundable Liberalism of Richard Rorty (Paperback, New)
Norman Geras
R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What are the sources of solidarity? Do universalist motives have an important place amongst them? And how are they related to arguments about human nature and about truth? In this new book, Norman Geras engages with the work of Richard Rorty to explore the paradoxes of a liberalism which rejects and determinate view of human nature. He begins by examining Rorty's thesis concerning rescuer behaviour during the Holocaust. Measuring it against existing research on the subject and the testimony of rescuers themselves, Geras questions Rorty's use of their moral example as a challenge to universalist assumptions. He then considers some of the problems in Rorty's anti-essentialism: his shifting usages of 'human nature'; the paradoxical pleas for extensive forms of solidarity on the basis of parochial communitarian premises; the relationship of pragmatist notions of truth to issues of justice; and the project of democratic, would-be 'humanist' utopia grounded only on contigencies. Solidarity in the Conversation of Humankind is an imagined dialogue with Rorty - influential, eloquent and unorthodox champion of a humane radical liberalism.

Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Paperback): Norman Geras Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (Paperback)
Norman Geras
R410 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R68 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

No great socialist thinker has been so often misrepresented as the Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. In this scrupulous study, tightly argued, Geras systematically considers and refutes the major myths which have developed about her work. He shows how her views on socialist strategy in Russia were closer to those of Lenin than any other leader, and clarifies her famous theory of the mass strike. Her critique of the Bolsheviks after the October Revolution is distinguished from social-democratic or anarchist attacks, to which it has often been assimilated.
Widely praised on its first publication, "The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg" is an important contribution to our understanding of an earlier generation of Marxism in Poland and Russia.

Marx and Human Nature - Refutation of a Legend (Paperback): Norman Geras Marx and Human Nature - Refutation of a Legend (Paperback)
Norman Geras
R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Marx did not reject the idea of a human nature. He was right not to do so." That is the conclusion of this passionate and polemical new work by Norman Geras. In it, he places the sixth of Marx's Theses on Feuerbach under rigorous scrutiny. He argues that this ambiguous statement--widely cited as evidence that Marx broke with all conceptions of human nature in 1845--must be read in the context of Marx's work as a whole. His later writings are informed by an idea of a specifically human nature that fulfills both explanatory and normative functions. The belief that Marx's historical materialism entailed a denial of the conception of human nature is, Geras writes, "an old fixation, which the Althusserian influence in this matter has fed upon ... Because this fixation still exists and is misguided, it is still necessary to challenge it." One hundred years after Marx's death, this timely essay--combining the strengths of analytical philosophy and classical Marxism--rediscovers a central part of his heritage.

Crimes Against Humanity - Birth of a Concept (Paperback): Norman Geras Crimes Against Humanity - Birth of a Concept (Paperback)
Norman Geras
R606 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R140 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book, newly available in paperback, tells the story of the emergence of the concept of crimes against humanity. It examines its origins, the ethical assumptions underpinning it, its legal and philosophical boundaries, and some of the controversies connected with it. A brief historical introduction is followed by an exploration of the various meanings of the term 'crimes against humanity' that have been suggested; a definition is proposed linking it to the idea of basic human rights. The book looks at some problems with the boundaries of the concept, the threshold for its proper application and the related issue of humanitarian intervention. It concludes with a discussion of the prospects for the further development of crimes-against-humanity law. The work serves as a clear and compact introduction for students of politics, philosophy and law, as well as for the general reading public. -- .

Discourses of Extremity (Paperback, New): Norman Geras Discourses of Extremity (Paperback, New)
Norman Geras
R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Marx and Human Nature - Refutation of a Legend (Paperback): Norman Geras Marx and Human Nature - Refutation of a Legend (Paperback)
Norman Geras
R348 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R26 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this passionate and polemical classic work, Norman Geras argues that the view that Marx broke with all conceptions of human nature in 1845 is wrong. Rather, his later writings are informed by an idea of a specifically human nature that fulfills both explanatory and normative functions. Over one hundred and thirty years after Marx's death, this book-combining the strengths of analytical philosophy and classical Marxism-rediscovers a central part of his heritage.

The Contract of Mutual Indifference (Paperback, New edition): Norman Geras The Contract of Mutual Indifference (Paperback, New edition)
Norman Geras; Introduction by Oliver Kamm
R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Special order
Enlightenment and Modernity (Paperback, 1st ed. 2000): Robert Wokler Enlightenment and Modernity (Paperback, 1st ed. 2000)
Robert Wokler; Edited by Norman Geras
R1,489 Discovery Miles 14 890 Special order

This collection of essays is addressed to the legacy of Enlightenment thought, with respect to eighteenth-century notions of human nature, human rights, representative democracy or the nation-state, and with regard to the barbarism, including the Holocaust, allegedly unleashed by eighteenth-century ideals of civilization.

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