Creative Breakthroughs in Politics

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Philosophy - 176 pages
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Neal Riemer's new book explores a vital, but surprisingly neglected theme. Riemer first examines two great historical breakthroughs: to religious liberty, and to the American federal republic. He then contrasts these genuine breakthroughs to two spurious ones: Calhoun's theory of the concurrent majority and Marx's theory of universal human emancipation. Riemer also examines a contemporary breakthrough to European Union to underscore the sense of continuing to deal with major problems that the conventional wisdom has deemed incapable of solution. Finally, he addresses a future breakthrough to protect against genocide via a global human rights regime employing policies of prudent prevention, effective implementation, and just humanitarian intercession. This book seeks to move political science beyond Cold War mentality and practice, a narrow-minded political realism, and post-modernism's nihilism toward a more prophetic politics. Riemer's latest book will be of crucial importance to scholars and students in all areas of political science, political philosophy, human rights, and international relations.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Roger Williams and Religious Liberty Harmonizing Truth Diversity and Order
21
James Madison and the Extensive Republic Reconciling Liberty and Large Size
43
John C Calhoun and the Protection of Minority Interests The Theory of the Concurrent MajorityA Spurious Breakthrough
73
Karl Marx and Universal Human Emancipation A Flawed Prophetic Breakthrough
97
European Union Beyond War Economic Malaise and Political Turmoil via Transnational Integration
117
Protection Against Genocide Toward a Global Human Rights Regime
139
Conclusion The Unfinished Prophetic Agenda
163
Select Bibliography
169
Index
173
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NEAL RIEMER is Andrew V. Stout Professor of Political Philosophy, Emeritus, at Drew University in New Jersey. He is the author or coauthor of more than ten books, including most recently Let Justice Roll (1996), The New World of Politics, (1994), and New Thinking and Developments in International Politics (1991). In the Spring Semester, 1996, he was the Distinguished Visiting Honors Professor at the University of Central Florida.

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