Compromise: A Political and Philosophical History

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 11, 2013 - History - 298 pages
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This book offers for the first time a conceptual history of compromise. Alin Fumurescu combines contextual historical analysis of daily parlance and a survey of the usage of the word from the end of the sixteenth century to the beginning of the eighteenth century in both French and English with an analysis of canonical texts in the history of political thought. This book fills a significant gap in the literature about compromise and demonstrates the connection between different understandings of compromise and corresponding differences in understandings of political representation. In addition, Fumurescu addresses two controversial contemporary debates about when compromise is beneficial and when it should be avoided at all costs. A better understanding of the genealogy of compromise offers new venues for rethinking basic assumptions regarding political representation and the relationship between individuals and politics.
 

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Contents

No Compromise about Compromise
25
The Genealogy of Compromise and Its Vagaries
61
The Dialectic of the Individual
91
Compromise and Centrifugal Individualism
152
Continental
193
The British Contract as Compromise
231
Compromising the Art of Compromise
266
Index
291
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Alin Fumurescu is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University.

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