False Necessity

Anti-necessitarian Social Theory in the Service of Radical Democracy : from Politics, a Work in Constructive Social Theory

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859843314

Category: Philosophy

Page: 661

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False necessity is the central work in the three-volume series Politics. It presents both a way of explaining society and a program for changing it. The explanation develops a radical alternative to Marxism, showing how we can account for established social arrangements without denying their contingency or our freedom. The program offers a progressive alternative to the now-dominant ideological conceptions of neoliberalism and social democracy: a set of institutional innovations that would democratize markets, deepen democracy and empower individuals.

Social Theory

Its Situation and Its Task : a Critical Introduction to Politics, a Work in Constructive Social Theory

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844675159

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task is an introduction both to Unger's ideas and to the major debates of contemporary social, political and economic thought. Unger shows how the failures of social science and the criticism of such ambitious, deterministic theories as Marxism offer materials for an alternative practice of social understanding. This alternative severs, once and for all, the link between the explanation of social arrangements and the vindication of their necessity. Unger argues that the disappointment of so many liberal and socialist hopes coexists with unforeseen opportunities to advance progressive commitments. To seize such opportunities, however, we must rethink many of our basic beliefs about society about what it is and what it can become. Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task shows that what at first seems a circumstance of intellectual and political paralysis turns out to be rich in unrecognized transformative possibility.

Demokratie, Diktatur, Gerechtigkeit

Festschrift für Wolfgang Merkel

Author: Aurel Croissant,Sascha Kneip,Alexander Petring

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 365816090X

Category: Political Science

Page: 789

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Der begriffliche Dreiklang Demokratie, Diktatur und Gerechtigkeit benennt zentrale, miteinander verknüpfte politikwissenschaftliche und gesellschaftspolitische Themen des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts. Der Band bietet aus normativer, theoretischer und empirischer Perspektive innovative Fragestellungen und Erkenntnisse zu den unterschiedlichen Facetten dieser Trias. Die Beiträge widmen sich u.a. der Konzeptualisierung und Messung von Demokratie, den Herausforderungen an junge und alte Demokratien, der Konzeptualisierung, Performanz und Persistenz von Diktaturen sowie Konzepten, Grundfragen und Herausforderungen der Gerechtigkeit in Nord und Süd.

Politics

The Central Texts, Theory Against Fate

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841310

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

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This selection of key texts from Roberto Mangabeira Unger's three-volume Politics presents an explanatory theory of society and a program for social reconstruction as a radical alternative to Marxism and social democracy. The explanatory part of the work rejects the search for a lawlike science of society and history, and emphasizes the haphazardness and replaceability of existing social arrangements. Unger shows how such an antideterministic approach can inspire surprising explanations of past and present institutions, with the result that our sense of the possible is both broadened and refined. He then shows how we can rebuild our political, economic, and social institutions, making them more faithful to the experimental nature of democracy. The consequence is to redefine the focus for ideological debate and institutional innovation throughout the world, in developed and developing countries alike. With an introduction that locates Unger's work in the history of politics and social theory and explores its major themes, this selection will confirm Geoffrey Hawthorn's description of Politics as "the most powerful social theory of the second half of the twentieth century."

Menschen- und Bürgerrechte

Vorträge aus der Tagung der Deutschen Sektion der Internationalen Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (IVR) in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland vom 9.-12. Oktober 1986 in Köln

Author: Ulrich Klug

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Civil rights

Page: 152

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Materializing democracy

toward a revitalized cultural politics

Author: Russ Castronovo

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 427

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Investigates the complex histories and conflicting desires that are generally concealed behind the term “democracy.”

What Should Legal Analysis Become?

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841006

Category: Law

Page: 198

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Roberto Mangabeira Unger brings together his work in legal and social theory. He argues for the reconstruction of legal analysis as a discipline of institutional imagination. He shows how a changed practice of legal analysis can help us re-imagine and reshape the dominant institutions of representative democracy, market economy and free civil society. The search for basic social alternatives, largely abandoned by philosophy and politics, can find in such a practice a new point of departure. Unger criticizes the dominant, rationalizing style of legal doctrine, with its obsessional focus upon adjudication and its urge to suppress or contain conflict or contradiction in law. He shows how we can turn legal analysis into a way of talking about the alternative institutional futures of a democratic society. The programmatic proposals of Unger's Politics are here placed within a wider field of possibilities. A major concern of the book is to explore how professional specialties such as legal thought can inform the public debate in a democracy. The book exemplifies this connection: Unger's arguments are accessible to those with no specialized knowledge of law or legal theory.

The Limits to Union

Same-sex Marriage and the Politics of Civil Rights

Author: Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 290

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From its legal recognition in Hawaii in 1993, the idea and possibility of same-sex marriage has been a fuse that has ignited political controversy across the United States to the world. This controversy sets forces championing the expansion of court-ordered rights against conservative and religious partisans who no longer accept the rationale for expanding civil rights. The Limits to Union explores this incendiary debate and explains the political discourses and tactics that overturn decisions of state courts favorably inclined toward same-sex marriage and gay rights. The opposition of public majorities to court-mandated rights is shown to be an enduring yet postmodern manifestation of political sovereignty, one with broad implications for how we must now come to think about civil rights. Building on developments in postmodern, postcolonial, and queer legal theory, Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller argues that the controversy over legal rights for same-sex marriages has exploded onto the American stage in response to deep-seated anxieties over the fragmented nature of community, changing social hierarchies, and economic and national security in the face of globalization. He shows that the legal fate of the same-sex marriage is more than an issue of the social and political acceptance of lesbians and gays as it rapidly becomes a central site for re-imagining the contours of political sovereignty. This book will appeal to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in sociolegal studies, political science, sociology, and gay and lesbian studies. Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii. From its legal recognition in Hawaii in 1993, the idea and possibility of same-sex marriage has been a fuse that has ignited political controversy across the United States to the world. This controversy sets forces championing the expansion of court-ordered rights against conservative and religious partisans who no longer accept the rationale for expanding civil rights. The Limits to Union explores this incendiary debate and explains the political discourses and tactics that overturn decisions of state courts favorably inclined toward same-sex marriage and gay rights. The opposition of public majorities to court-mandated rights is shown to be an enduring yet postmodern manifestation of political sovereignty, one with broad implications for how we must now come to think about civil rights. Building on developments in postmodern, postcolonial, and queer legal theory, Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller argues that the controversy over legal rights for same-sex marriages has exploded onto the American stage in response to deep-seated anxieties over the fragmented nature of community, changing social hierarchies, and economic and national security in the face of globalization. He shows that the legal fate of the same-sex marriage is more than an issue of the social and political acceptance of lesbians and gays as it rapidly becomes a central site for re-imagining the contours of political sovereignty. This book will appeal to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in sociolegal studies, political science, sociology, and gay and lesbian studies. Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii.

What Should the Left Propose?

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844670482

Category: Political Science

Page: 179

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What Shouldthe Left Propose? is a manifesto that engages a vital issue of ourtime: the program for which Leftists should stand, now that the ideological proposals of the past twohundred years are exhausted. Confronting the major debates in the worldtoday — about national alternatives and alternative globalizations — Ungershows that there is a set of national and global alternatives that wecan begin to develop with the materials at hand: opportunitiesavailable to us only if we learn to recognize them. These alternativeswould, over time, vastly enhance our practical capabilities. They wouldalso give greater reality to the central teaching of democracy: faithin the constructive genius of ordinary men and women. For Unger, a programmatic argument is not a blueprint; it marks a direction and explores next steps. He explores the form this direction could take in the European social democracies, in the United States, in the developing countries, and in the contest over the reform of globalization. He shows how the Left in power can do more than use compensatory redistribution to sugarcoat economic inequality, and how it can make good on its ideals without reaffirming a discredited commitment to governmental control of the economy.

Democracy Realized

The Progressive Alternative

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859840092

Category: Political Science

Page: 309

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Roberto Mangabeira Unger is widely regarded as one of the leading living social theorists. In Democracy Realized, he gives detailed content to his conception of a progressive and practical alternative to neoliberalism in contemporary politics. His efforts to inspire this have drawn increasing attention throughout the world as well as in his native Brazil where they are currently informing a network of politicians and business leaders called The Latin American Alternative. But the United States and Europe, argues Unger, are equally in need of a fresh alternative to the status quo.

Plasticity Into Power

Comparative-historical Studies on the Institutional Conditions of Economic and Military Success : Variations on Themes of Politics, a Work in Constructive Social Theory

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844675166

Category: Political Science

Page: 231

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Plasticity into Power works out, through historical examples, a major theme of Unger's work—the relation between institutional and organizational flexibility and the development of our collective ability to produce or to destroy. The message of the book is that the practical success of a society depends on its capacity for permanent innovation. Certain practices and institutions—the history and content of which Unger explores—can nurture this capacity. Unger pursues this topic through wide-ranging historical inquiries into the European escape from the recurring crises that foreclosed political and economic breakthroughs in the great empires of the past; the invention of revolutionary approaches to the governmental protection of wealth; and the social conditions of military success, viewed as sources of insight into the social foundations of economic growth. Throughout, Plasticity into Power exemplifies a conception of the relation between theory and history that remains faithful to the surprising, open-ended quality of lived experience.

Law in Modern Society

Toward a Criticism of Social Theory

Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sociological jurisprudence

Page: 309

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"Law in modern society is a comparative study of the place of law in societies as well as a criticism of social theory."--Back cover.

Barack Obama

Leben und Aufstieg

Author: David Remnick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783827008930

Category:

Page: 976

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