Power to the People

Power to the People : Teaching Political Philosophy in Skeptical Times

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Power to the People examines the teaching of political philosophy in what is taken to be skeptical times. Author Avner de-Shalit encourages political philosophers to remain committed to the analytical achievements of political philosophy while also revising and improving the teachings of the discipline to be more in tune with the demands of democratic society.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739111264
  • 9780739111260

Table of contents

Part 1 Teaching and Democratizing Political Philosophy Chapter 2 From Engagement to Detachment and Back Chapter 3 Teaching Political Philosophy and Academic Neutrality Chapter 4 Political Philosophy and Empowering the Citizens Chapter 5 Public Reflective Equilibrium: Private, Contextual, and Public Part 6 Implications Chapter 7 Herbert Marcuse vs. Deliberative Democracy: Two Models for Teaching Political Philosophy at the University Chapter 8 The Relationships Between Political Science, Political Theory, and the History of Ideas Chapter 9 Jeremiah's tragedy
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What is the place of political philosophy in a democratic society? How should political philosophy be taught? Avner de-Shalit's wise and provocative new book shows how political philosophy does not replace democratic politics but, instead, enhances it. Decrying both ivory tower isolation of contemporary scholars and the Platonic temptation to install philosophers as political kings, de-Shalit offers a vibrant new vision of the mutual dependence of political theory and democratic practice. His book helps us - scholars and citizens alike- to see how political philosophy helps democracy flourish. -- Rob Reich, Stanford University Most political philosophers aim to improve the world (otherwise they'd be bankers or lawyers). But how can they improve the world in the classroom? And how can they improve the world outside the classroom? de-Shalit's excellent book provides answers to these questions. It should be essential reading for all graduate students and professors of political philosophy. -- Daniel Bell, Tsinghua University
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About Avner De-Shalit

Avner de-Shalit is a professor of political science and the Max Kampelman Chair of Democracy and Human Rights at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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