Philosophy and Real Politics

| October 11, 2010

Title: Philosophy and real politics

Author: Raymond Geuss

Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008

Check it Out: A71 .G46 2008

From the Publisher: Many contemporary political thinkers are gripped by the belief that their task is to develop an ideal theory of rights or justice for guiding and judging political actions. But in Philosophy and Real Politics, Raymond Geuss argues that philosophers should first try to understand why real political actors behave as they actually do. Far from being applied ethics, politics is a skill that allows people to survive and pursue their goals. To understand politics is to understand the powers, motives, and concepts that people have and that shape how they deal with the problems they face in their particular historical situations.

About the Author: Raymond Geuss

Notre Dame Philosophical Review

Chicago Book Review

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Journal of Critical Globilisaton Review

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Philosopher’s Other Blog Review

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Other books by this author: Outside Ethics., Politics and the Imagination. Public Goods, Private Goods.

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