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A Very Bad Idea

Raymond Geuss and Lawrence Hamilton

Interview of Raymond Geuss by Lawrence Hamilton

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The Politics of Managing Decline

Raymond Geuss

The British Prime Minister Tony Blair has appealed to the other members of the European Union to engage constructively with the Bush administration as a means of working towards peace in a perilous world. The combination of highly developed destructive capacity, relative economic decline, diplomatic incompetence, and continuing political divisions among a frustrated and resentful population that is deeply ignorant of the wider world and subject to recurrent bouts of collective paranoia does indeed make the United States a dangerous international agent. One of the main ways, in particular, in which the U.S. represents a particular menace to world peace at the moment is that it has come to be in Washington’s short-term interest to make the world a place in which the quick recourse to violence, and the constant threat of violence, is accepted as part of normal practice in international relations. The use of military power presents itself as an increasingly attractive option primarily because the U.S. is becoming weaker and weaker economically and politically, and force is one of the few means U.S. politicians can deploy that offer any hope whatever of allowing them to advance or protect what they think are their vital interests.

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The Lesson of Carl Schmitt’s Realism

The Autonomy and the Primacy of the Political

Attila Gyulai

Political realism claims that politics should be understood as politics and not as a derivative of any other field of human activity. While contemporary realists often argue for the autonomy of politics, this article suggests that only the primacy of politics can be the starting point of political realism. The aim of the article is to expose a conceptual deficiency, namely, the unclear difference between the autonomy and the primacy approach in contemporary realist theory by going back to Carl Schmitt’s contribution to political realism. It will be argued that Schmitt’s concept of the political foreshadowed the ambiguities of contemporary realist theory, exemplified by key authors such as Bernard Williams, Raymond Geuss and Mark Philp.

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Book Reviews

Stephen Eric Bronner, J.M. Coetzee, Raymond Geuss, Pedro Alexis Tabensky, and Raimo Tuomela

Imagining the Possible: Radical Politics for Conservative Times Stephen Eric Bronner

Stranger Shores: Essays 1986-1999 J.M. Coetzee

History and Illusion in Politics Raymond Geuss

Happiness: Personhood, Community, Purpose Pedro Alexis Tabensky

The Philosophy of Social Practices: A Collective Acceptance View Raimo Tuomela

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Freedom, without Power

Christopher Allsobrook

This article attributes the conception of 'freedom-without-power' which dominates contemporary Western political philosophy to a reification of social agency that mystifies contexts of human capacities and achievements. It suggests that Plato's analogy between the structure of the soul and the polis shows how freedom is a consequence, rather than a condition, of political relations, mediated by inter-subjective contestation. From this basis, the article draws on the work of Raymond Geuss to argue against pre-political ethical frameworks in political philosophy, in favour of a more contextually sensitive, self-critical approach to ethics. Such reciprocal ethical-political integration addresses problems of ideological complicity that may arise if freedom is discretely abstracted from history and power in political philosophy. Finally, the article roughly reconstructs a critical account of African identity from writings of Steven Biko to illuminate symptoms of 'meritocratic apartheid' in South Africa today which Thad Metz's influential pre-political conception of ubuntu obscures, by abstracting the figure of African personhood from politically significant historical conditions.

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Review Essay

Lasse Thomassen

on the history of political thought as well as contemporary political theory, and he draws on both analytic and Continental approaches, including the work of Frank Ankersmit, Michel Foucault and Raymond Geuss. His attempt to synthesise different

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Introduction

The Social Life of Contentious Concepts

Ronald S. Stade

, Peter Laslett, John Dunn, David Runciman, and Raymond Geuss. Just like its German counterpart, the Cambridge School is both historicist and social scientific. The reliance on canonical sources has been amended in subsequent research projects, like the

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“One Would at Least Like to Be Asked”

Habermas on Popular Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and German Unification

Peter J. Verovšek

, most notably Raymond Geuss and his followers, who condemn Habermas for his alleged theoretical quietism and supposed failure to ensure that “political theory and philosophy are connected to practical interventions.” While Habermas does not think that

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Observations on the Semantic Trajectory of Pluralism in Scholarly Discourse

A Study of Two Argumentative Tropes

Jean Terrier

rejection of violence, aggression, and coercion to solve disputes. Another author who adopts a critical stance toward the way in which Rawls, and liberals more generally, accommodates plurality is Raymond Geuss. 69 He describes how liberals have become with

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Reviews

The Copernican Revolution in Ideology Research; Exploring the Ubiquity of “Progress” in Modern Chinese Thought; History beyond History; Three Stages of the Danish Welfare State through the Prism of Citizen Categories

Tobias Adler-Bartels, Egas Bender de Moniz Bandeira, Kirill Postoutenko, and Johan Strang

. While Freeden thus positions himself in the field of realism in political theory, his distinction between an interpretative and prescriptive realism (chap. 4) also points to a separation from eminent realists such as Raymond Geuss or Bernard Williams