Common Minds

Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit

Author: Geoffrey Brennan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199218161

Category: Philosophy

Page: 357

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'Common Minds' presents papers by some of the most eminent philosophers alive today, grappling with some of the themes derived from the larger programme that Pettit has inspired. It concludes with a piece by Pettit himself, in which he gives an overview of his work, and provides commentary on the predecing essays.

Made with Words

Hobbes on Language, Mind, and Politics

Author: Philip Pettit

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691143250

Category: Philosophy

Page: 183

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Hobbes' extreme political views have commanded so much attention that they have eclipsed his work on language and mind, and on reasoning, personhood, and group formation. This book argues that it was Hobbes who invented the invention of language thesis - the idea that language is a cultural innovation that transformed the human mind.

Politik der Beherrschung

Eine kritische Theorie externer Demokratieförderung

Author: Dorothea Gädeke

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518754440

Category: Political Science

Page: 491

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Sollten wir in anderen Teilen der Welt Prozesse der Demokratisierung aktiv fördern? Mit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges schien sich die liberale Demokratie weltweit durchzusetzen. Etablierte Demokratien versuchten, diesen Prozess zu unterstützen. Doch seit Beginn des neuen Jahrtausends regt sich Widerstand, zunehmend wird der Vorwurf des Imperialismus erhoben. Dorothea Gädeke formuliert in ihrem originellen Buch erstmals normative Grundlagen und Grenzen externer Demokratieförderung. Sie entwickelt eine kritische republikanische Theorie der Gerechtigkeit und zeigt, warum die Praxis externer Demokratieförderung eine Politik der Beherrschung konstituiert und wie sie überwunden werden kann.

Making a Difference

Essays on the Philosophy of Causation

Author: Helen Beebee,Christopher Hitchcock,Huw Price

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191063916

Category: Philosophy

Page: 360

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Making a Difference presents fifteen original essays on causation and counterfactuals by an international team of experts. Collectively, they represent the state of the art on these topics. The essays in this volume are inspired by the life and work of Peter Menzies, who made a difference in the lives of students, colleagues, and friends. Topics covered include: the semantics of counterfactuals, agency theories of causation, the context-sensitivity of causal claims, structural equation models, mechanisms, mental causation, causal exclusion argument, free will, and the consequence argument.

Group Agency

The Possibility, Design, and Status of Corporate Agents

Author: Christian List,Philip Pettit

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199591563

Category: Law

Page: 238

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Are companies, churches, and states genuine agents? How do we explain their behaviour? Can we treat them as accountable for their actions? List and Pettit offer original arguments, grounded in cutting-edge work on social choice, economics, and philosophy, to show there really are group agents, over and above the individual agents who compose them.

Normative Fragen von Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit

Author: Daniel Jacob,Bernd Ladwig,Cord Schmelzle

Publisher: Nomos Verlag

ISBN: 3845287934

Category: Political Science

Page: 343

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Der Staat, wie wir ihn zu kennen glauben, ist geschichtlich und gegenwärtig die Ausnahme und nicht die Regel. Doch auch in Räumen "begrenzter Staatlichkeit" wird regiert, häufig unter Beteiligung privater Akteure und internationaler Organisationen. Der Band untersucht, ob und wie unter diesen Bedingungen legitimes Regieren möglich ist und wem die Verantwortung zukommt, Menschenrechte und demokratische Teilhabe zu gewährleisten. Der erste Teil des Bandes fragt begrifflich nach den normativen Implikationen von Staatlichkeit. Hieran anschließend untersucht der zweite Teil menschenrechts- und gerechtigkeitstheoretische Fragen, die sich aus begrenzter Staatlichkeit und dem Wirken nicht-staatlicher Governance-Akteure ergeben. Die Beiträge des dritten Teils erkunden, welche Implikation begrenzte Staatlichkeit für das Ideal kollektiver Selbstbestimmung hat. Der vierte Teil des Bandes fragt schließlich, wie das Völkerrecht auf Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit reagieren sollte. Mit Beiträgen von Jan Brezger, Frank Dietrich, Dorothea Gädeke, Daniel Jacob, Tamara Jugov, Heike Krieger, Bernd Ladwig, Christian Neuhäuser, Andreas Oldenbourg, Michael Schefczyk, Cord Schmelzle und Juri Viehoff

The Concept of Structuralism

A Critical Analysis

Author: Philip Pettit

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520028821

Category: Semiotics

Page: 117

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On the People's Terms

A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy

Author: Philip Pettit

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107005116

Category: History

Page: 338

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"According to republican political theory, choosing freely requires being able to make the choice without subjection to another and freedom as a person requires being publicly protected against subjection in the exercise of basic liberties. But there is no public protection without a coercive state. And doesn't state coercion necessarily take from the freedom of the coerced? Philip Pettit addresses this question from a civic republican perspective, arguing that state interference does not involve subjection or domination if there is equally shared, popular control over government"--

The Birth of Ethics

Reconstructing the Role and Nature of Morality

Author: Philip Pettit

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190904933

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Imagine a human society, perhaps in pre-history, in which people were generally of a psychological kind with us, had the use of natural language to communicate with one another, but did not have any properly moral concepts in which to exhort one another to meet certain standards and to lodge related claims and complaints. According to The Birth of Ethics, the members of that society would have faced a set of pressures, and made a series of adjustments in response, sufficient to put them within reach of ethical concepts. Without any planning, they would have more or less inevitably evolved a way of using such concepts to articulate desirable patterns of behavior and to hold themselves and one another responsible to those standards. Sooner or later, they would have entered ethical space. While this central claim is developed as a thesis in conjectural history or genealogy, the aim of the exercise is philosophical. Assuming that it explains the emergence of concepts and practices that are more or less equivalent to ours, the story offers us an account of the nature and role of morality. It directs us to the function that ethics plays in human life and alerts us to the character in virtue of which it can serve that function. The emerging view of morality has implications for the standard range of questions in meta-ethics and moral psychology, and enables us to understand why there are divisions in normative ethics like that between consequentialist and Kantian approaches.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies

Author: Michael Freeden,Lyman Tower Sargent,Marc Stears

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191663719

Category: Political Science

Page: 752

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This is the first comprehensive volume to offer a state of the art investigation both of the nature of political ideologies and of their main manifestations. The diversity of ideology studies is represented by a mixture of the range of theories that illuminate the field, combined with an appreciation of the changing complexity of concrete ideologies and the emergence of new ones. Ideologies, however, are always with us. The Handbook is divided into three sections: The first is divided into three sections: The first reflects some of the latest thinking about the development of ideology on an historical dimension, from the standpoints of conceptual history, Marx studies, social science theory and history, and leading schools of continental philosophy. The second includes some of the most recent interpretations and theories of ideology, all of which are sympathetic in their own ways to its exploration and close investigation, even when judiciously critical of its social impact. This section contains many of the more salient contemporary accounts of ideology. The third focuses on the leading ideological families and traditions, as well as on some of their cultural and geographical manifestations, incorporating both historical and contemporary perspectives. Each chapter is written by an expert in their field, bringing the latest approaches and understandings to their task. The Handbook will position the study of ideologies in the mainstream of political theory and political analysis and will attest to its indispensability both to courses on political theory and to scholars who wish to take their understanding of ideologies in new directions.

Gerechte Freiheit

Ein moralischer Kompass für eine komplexe Welt

Author: Philip Pettit

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518740989

Category: Philosophy

Page: 350

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Was heißt Freiheit heute – jenseits einer auf persönliche Interessendurchsetzung zielenden neoliberalen Marktfreiheit? Können wir noch ein Freiheitsverständnis entwickeln, das uns moralische Orientierung in einer immer komplexer werdenden Welt bietet? Philip Pettit, einer der meistdiskutierten Philosophen der Gegenwart, entwickelt in seinem mitreißenden Buch einen Freiheitsbegriff, der die Idee eines nichtbeherrschten Lebens in sein Zentrum stellt. Freiheit heißt ihm zufolge: sein eigener Herr sein, allen auf Augenhöhe begegnen können und den Einfluss anderer Menschen nicht fürchten müssen. Das hat weitreichende soziale, ökonomische und politische Konsequenzen. Ein unverzichtbarer Kompass für die Navigation im 21. Jahrhundert.

The Robust Demands of the Good

Ethics with Attachment, Virtue, and Respect

Author: Philip Pettit

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191046590

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Some goods that we generate for others, as when we give them attention or help or encouragement, require us to provide that benefit under the actual circumstances where we interact. Other goods that we generate require not just that we actually provide that sort of benefit but that we are also poised to provide it, even should actual circumstances change in various ways. These goods demand robust and not merely actual beneficence. Thus to give you friendship I must be robustly, not just accidentally, attentive to your needs; to give you a virtue like honesty I must be robustly disposed to tell you the truth; and to give you respect I must be robustly committed to showing restraint in my dealings with you. In this original contribution to normative ethics, Philip Pettit charts the range of robustly demanding goods, building on his earlier work on the robust demands of freedom. He explores the rationale behind our concern for being able to rely on others to treat us well, not just for being lucky enough to enjoy good treatment. And then he traces the implications for ethics of giving a central place to robustly demanding goods. The lessons he draws teach us that there is a tighter connection between being good and doing good than is generally recognized; that it is harder to count as doing good than it is to count as doing evil; and that there is a serious issue, ignored in many ethical theories, about the basis on which we should deliberate in day-to-day decisions about what it is right to do. The book amounts to a radical rethinking of ethics in which many standard positions shift or fall. The association between being good and doing good casts doubt on the orthodox dichotomy between evaluating agents and evaluating actions. The calibration between doing good and doing evil explains the Knobe effect, so called, as well as explaining the superficial appeal of doctrines like that of double effect. And the investigation of how to be guided in deliberating about the right reduces the gap between the recommendations of approaches like Kantianism, contractualism, and virtue theory and their common, consequentialist foe.

Subject, thought, and context

Author: Philip Pettit,John Henry McDowell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 300

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Are mental states "in the head"? Or do they intrinsically involve aspects of the subject's physical and social context? This volume presents a number of essays dealing with the compass of the mind. The contributors broach a range of issues with a commmon view that physical and social magnets do act upon mental states. The approaches that run through these papers make the volume challenging to cognitive psychologists, theorists of artificial intelligence, social theorists, and philosophers.

Republicanism and political theory

Author: Cécile Laborde

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405155809

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

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"Republicanism and Political Theory" is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of republican political theory. Critically assessing the historical credentials, conceptual coherence and normative proposals of republicanism, it brings together original contributions from leading international scholars. The volume focuses on four main areas: liberty in the republican tradition; freedom as non-domination and its critics; the borders of republicanism; and new republican debates, reflecting upon the contribution that republicans have made to our understanding of political life. Individual chapters are closely related to one another, providing readers with valuable insight into the main debates taking place between republicans and their critics. An essential text for students in political theory and political science, this volume also serves as an invaluable resource for research scholars in political philosophy, intellectual history, law, international relations, European studies, and gender studies.

Representative Democracy

Principles and Genealogy

Author: Nadia Urbinati

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226842800

Category: Political Science

Page: 326

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It is usually held that representative government is not strictly democratic, since it does not allow the people themselves to directly make decisions. But here, taking as her guide Thomas Paine’s subversive view that “Athens, by representation, would have surpassed her own democracy,” Nadia Urbinati challenges this accepted wisdom, arguing that political representation deserves to be regarded as a fully legitimate mode of democratic decision making—and not just a pragmatic second choice when direct democracy is not possible. As Urbinati shows, the idea that representation is incompatible with democracy stems from our modern concept of sovereignty, which identifies politics with a decision maker’s direct physical presence and the immediate act of the will. She goes on to contend that a democratic theory of representation can and should go beyond these identifications. Political representation, she demonstrates, is ultimately grounded in a continuum of influence and power created by political judgment, as well as the way presence through ideas and speech links society with representative institutions. Deftly integrating the ideas of such thinkers as Rousseau, Kant, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Paine, and the Marquis de Condorcet with her own, Urbinati constructs a thought-provoking alternative vision of democracy.

Eine Naturgeschichte der menschlichen Moral

Author: Michael Tomasello

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 351874822X

Category: Psychology

Page: 282

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Die Evolution des menschlichen Moralbewusstseins gehört zu den großen Rätseln der Wissenschaft. Es hat die Phantasie von Generationen von Forschern beflügelt, zahlreiche Theorien liegen auf dem Tisch, aber die Frage »Woher kommt die Moral?« ist nach wie vor offen. In Fortschreibung seiner faszinierenden Naturgeschichte des Menschen legt nun Michael Tomasello eine Antwort vor. Gestützt auf jahrzehntelange empirische Forschungen, rekonstruiert er die Entstehung des einzigartigen menschlichen Sinns für Werte und Normen als einen zweistufigen Prozess. Dieser beginnt vor einigen hunderttausend Jahren, als die frühen Menschen gemeinsame Sache machen mussten, um zu überleben; und er endet beim modernen, ultrakooperativen homo sapiens sapiens, der beides besitzt: Eine Moralität der zweiten Person, die unseren Umgang mit dem je einzelnen Gegenüber prägt, und eine gruppenbezogene »objektive« Moral, die sagt, was hier bei »uns« als gut oder gerecht gilt. In der Tradition von Mead, Kohlberg und Piaget zeigt Tomasello außerdem, wie sich die individuelle Moralentwicklung in einer bereits normengesättigten Welt vollzieht. Und so ist Eine Naturgeschichte der menschlichen Moral der derzeit wohl umfassendste Versuch zu verstehen, wie wir das geworden sind, was nur wir sind: genuin moralische Wesen.

Speaking My Mind

Expression and Self-knowledge

Author: Dorit Bar-On

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199276288

Category: Philosophy

Page: 449

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The author develops and defends an original view of avowals and self-knowledge which offers systematic answers to many persistent questions concerning our ability to know our own minds.