Political Encounters

Political Encounters : A Hermeneutic Inquiry into the Situation of Political Obligation

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This book takes the novel approach of framing Political Obligation as a situation rather than a problem. By doing so, Political Obligation is not considered as an issue to be solved, but a central condition of existence to be investigated and understood. The book launches a hermeneutic inquiry into how this relationship of obligation is constructed through encounters in which the citizen comes face-to-face with the existential manifestations of the State. The book first discusses the dominant approaches to Political Obligation to elucidate the benefits of an existential hermeneutical approach. The notion of encounter is then developed into a hermeneutic approach capable of uncovering and interpreting the arguments, ideas, and narratives of obligation as are communicated in political communities. Finally, the limitations of this approach are considered in reference to the concerns of the Post-truth era.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 213 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 14.22mm | 426g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2019
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white; XI, 213 p. 1 illus.
  • 3030173399
  • 9783030173395
  • 788,110

Table of contents


1. Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1.Political Obligation

1.2.The Modern State


1.4.Plan of this Book

2. Chapter 2: The `Rational Individual'- Rational Paradigms of Political Obligation

2.1 Rationalism and Politics

2.2 Political Obligation and Rationalism

2.3 The Strengths and the Limitations of a Normative Rational Paradigm

2.4 Rationalism and Obligation in the Scottish Legal System

3. Chapter 3: The Importance of Tradition and Culture- Context-based Paradigms of Political Obligation

3.1 Conservatism and Communitarianism

3.2 Associative Political Obligation- A Context-based Approach

3.3. Confucian Communitarianism- The Context-based Approach in China

3.4 Traditional Culture, Obligation, and the Chinese State

4. Chapter Four: The Oppressor and the Oppressed- Marxist and Other Critical Paradigms of Political Obligation

4.1 The Marxist Critique of Political Obligation

4.2 Beyond Class- A Gender Based Criticism of Obligation

4.3 The Problem of False Consciousness and the Limits of the Critical Approach

4.4. Gender and Obligation in the USSR

5. Chapter Five: Inside the Situation- Introducing the Hermeneutic Concept of Encounter

5.1 The Encounter

5.2 Horizon

5.3 Narrative

6. Chapter Six: The Encounter and Obligation

6.1 Encounter, Friendship, and Obligation

6.2 The Encounter with the `the Enemy'

6.3 The Encounter and Political Obligation

6.4 The Encounter as a Hermeneutic Tool for Investigating Situations of Political Obligation

7. Chapter Seven: Political Obligation and the Post-truth Era- Limitation, Critique, and a Defense of the Approach through the Encounter

7.1 The Specter of Post-truth

7.2 The Hermeneutic Approach through the Encounter- A Post-truth Theory?

7.3 The Encounter and Possible Future Normative Assessment

Chapter Eight: Conclusion
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About Ruairidh J. Brown

Ruairidh J. Brown teaches International Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. He holds a PhD in Political Theory from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
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