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The Mythological State and its Empire

The Mythological State and its Empire (Hardback)

By Grant, David

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We see the modern State as the most rational form of governing yet devised, and one which properly recognises our inherent individual rights. However, as the histories of colonialism and imprisonment reveal, it is also an intruder into the lives of generally unwilling individuals..., constraining rights. This book looks beneath the contradiction to see an entity willingly sustained by all individuals and for which we forgo our responsibility to and for ourselves. We place ourselves in the hands of those interests that promise to deal with our fears and desires the best.Probing the work of political thinkers from Hobbes to Rawls, the book discovers a State that is a real, mythological entity, spreading across social and geographic space and concerned first with satisfying our two passions. Understanding this mythology may allow reason to emerge from its service to fear and desire, so that the modern State could become truly modern. This book will be of interest to scholars in Sociology, Politics, Philosophy, and Law.
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ISBN 9780415988759
Released NZ 25 Aug 2008
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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Series Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought (part: v. 59)
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ISBN-13 9780415988759
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 25 Aug 2008
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Grant, David
Series Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought (part: v. 59)
Category Social & Political Philosophy
Number of Pages 12
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 320.1
Weight 635g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress State, The, Political science - Philosophy, Authority, Consensus Social sciences
NBS Text Philosophy
ONIX Text College/higher education