Love and Politics: Re-Interpreting Hegel (Suny Series in Hegelian Studies) by Alice Ormiston
Love and Politics: Re-Interpreting Hegel (Suny Series in Hegelian Studies)
Author: Alice Ormiston
Title: Love and Politics: Re-Interpreting Hegel (Suny Series in Hegelian Studies)
ISBN10: 0791460681
ISBN13: 978-0791460689
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
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Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (December 30, 2004)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1498 kb
Size epub: 1388 kb
Rating: 4.6 ✪
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Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Philosophy
Alice Ormiston's Love and Politics argues that modern politics is rooted not merely in the pursuit of power, but that it is essentially underpinned by the experience of love. Hegel understood love as a principle that unites reason and emotion, and self and other, and that provides the foundation for a deep sense of connectedness to the world and for genuine acts of autonomy. Through an original and highly accessible interpretation of Hegel's works, Ormiston shows how the modern commitment to individual rights and freedoms can only be adequately understood by reference to the experience of love that lies at the foundation of the modern subject and its political expression in acts of conscience. Hegel's thought thus joins forces with feminist arguments for an embodied theory of the subject and for a focus on empathy in political reasoning, with republican concerns about democracy and civic education, and with postmodern concerns about the otherness of certain experiences and forms of knowledge. Ormiston's book offers a developed concept of the subject that can serve as a foundation for resistance to problems of our time, including atomism and instrumental rationality, the ills of an unfettered capitalism, and the reality of a radical evil.