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The Conquest of Politics:
Liberal Philosophy in Democratic Times
Benjamin R. Barber

Paperback | 1989 | $35.00 / £24.95 | ISBN: 9780691023236
232 pp.


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"[His commitment to democratic radicalism] has made Barber one of the leading--he is also one of the most intelligent--representatives of contemporary republican political theory. He is . . . a passionate advocate of participation, citizenship, and civic virtue."--Michael Walzer, New York Review of Books

"Addressing the thought of six major twentieth-century philosophers--Bertrand Russell, John Rawls, Robert Nozick, Bruce Ackerman, Michael Oakeshott, and Alasdair MacIntyre--Benjamin Barber maintains that each of them has aided in the 'conquest of politics' by abstract and speculative philosophy. In this lively and accessible book Barber proposes a way of doing political philosophy that does take practical politics into account. The Conquest of Politics is replete with . . . droll and nimble wit. . . . While deflating the sometimes arcane and pretentious prose of philosophers, Mr. Barber's own style succeeds admirably in approximating the riposte of good political conversation."--Francis Kane, New York Times Book Review

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