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The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics

by Adrian Parr Columbia University Press (December 04, 2012)

While climate change has become the dominant concern of the twenty-first century, global powers refuse to implement the changes required to reverse these trends. Rather, they have neoliberalized nature and climate...


Freedom's Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life

by Axel Honneth Columbia University Press (February 11, 2014)

Theories of justice often fixate on purely normative, abstract principles unrelated to real-world situations. The philosopher and theorist Axel Honneth addresses this disconnect, and constructs a theory of justice...


Democracy and the Political Unconscious

by Noelle McAfee Columbia University Press (April 08, 2008)

Political philosopher Noelle McAfee proposes a powerful new political theory for our post-9/11 world, in which an old pathology-the repetition compulsion-has manifested itself in a seemingly endless war on terror....


Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism

by James D. Ingram Columbia University Press (September 24, 2013)

While supporting the cosmopolitan pursuit of a world that respects all rights and interests, James D. Ingram believes political theorists have, in their approach to this project, compromised its egalitarian...


The Scandal of Reason: A Critical Theory of Political Judgement

by Albena Azmanova Columbia University Press (March 27, 2012)

Theories of justice struggle to balance vision and practicality. As with Habermas, the more demanding the ideal of justice, the less connected the theory is to political reality; as with Rawls, the more politically...


The Habermas Handbook

by Hauke Brunkhorst, Regina Kreide & Cristina Lafont Columbia University Press (October 24, 2017)

Jürgen Habermas is among the most influential philosophers of our time. His diagnosis of contemporary society and concepts such as the public sphere, communicative rationality, and cosmopolitanism have influenced...


Political Uses of Utopia

by S. D. Chrostowska & James D. Ingram Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Utopia has long been banished from political theory, framed as an impossible—and possibly dangerous—political ideal, a flawed social blueprint, or a thought experiment without any practical import. Even...


Left-Wing Melancholia

by Enzo Traverso Columbia University Press (December 20, 2016)

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Cold War but also the rise of a melancholic vision of history as a series of losses. For the political left, the cause lost was communism, and this trauma determined...


Critical Theory in Critical Times

by Penelope Deutscher & Cristina Lafont Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

We live in critical times. We face a global crisis in economics and finance, a global ecological crisis, and a constant barrage of international disputes. Perhaps most dishearteningly, there seems to be little...


Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence

by Adriana Cavarero & William McCuaig Columbia University Press (November 24, 2008)

Words like "terrorism" and "war" no longer encompass the scope of contemporary violence. With this explosive book, Adriana Cavarero, one of the world's most provocative feminist theorists and political philosophers,...


On the Difficulty of Living Together: Memory, Politics, and History

by Manuel Cruz & Richard Jacques Columbia University Press (April 26, 2016)

Manuel Cruz launches a nuanced study of memory and forgetting, defining their forms and uses, political meanings, and social and historical implications. Memory is not an intrinsically positive phenomenon, he...


Political Responsibility: Responding to Predicaments of Power

by Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo Columbia University Press (May 03, 2016)

Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have turned to ethics to theorize politics in what seems to be an increasingly depoliticized age. Yet the move toward ethics has obscured the ongoing value of political...


Recognition or Disagreement: A Critical Encounter on the Politics of Freedom, Equality, and Identity

by Axel Honneth, Jacques Rancière, Katia Genel & Jean-Philippe Deranty Columbia University Press (May 10, 2016)

Axel Honneth is best known for his critique of modern society centered on a concept of recognition. Jacques Rancière has advanced an influential theory of modern politics based on disagreement. Underpinning...


What Is a People?

by Georges Didi-Huberman, Pierre Bourdieu, Alain Badiou & Judith Butler et al. Columbia University Press (May 03, 2016)

These outspoken intellectuals seek to reclaim “people” as an effective political concept by revisiting its uses and abuses over time. Alain Badiou surveys the idea of a people as a productive force of solidarity...