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Pluralism and the Personality of the State David Runciman (University of Cambridge)

Pluralism and the Personality of the State By David Runciman (University of Cambridge)

Pluralism and the Personality of the State by David Runciman (University of Cambridge)


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Pluralism and the Personality of the State tells the history of English political thought from 1900-1933 and concentrates on the work of the political pluralists. It explores the background of their work in the ideas of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes and the German jurist Otto von Gierke.

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Pluralism and the Personality of the State by David Runciman (University of Cambridge)

Set against the broad context of philosophical arguments about group and state personality, Pluralism and the Personality of the State tells, for the first time, the history of political pluralism. The pluralists believed that the state was simply one group among many, and could not therefore be sovereign. They also believed that groups, like individuals, might have personalities of their own. The book examines the philosophical background to political pluralist ideas with particular reference to the work of Thomas Hobbes and the German Otto von Gierke. It also traces the development of pluralist thought before, during and after the First World War. Part Three returns to Hobbes in order to see what conclusions can be drawn about the nature of his Leviathan and the nature of the state as it exists today.

Pluralism and the Personality of the State Reviews

As a history of the implantation of ideas within a particular context, this work is exceptional. As an incisive conceptual negotiation of this tradition....this work borders on brilliance. B.J. Macdonald, Choice
...such thoroughness is part and parcel of the book's great value to historians of ideas in early twentieth century England. Review of Metaphysics

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. The Personality of Associations: 1. Introduction; 2. Hobbes and the person of the commonwealth; 3. Gierke and the Genossenschaft; 4. Trusts and sovereigns; Part II. Political Pluralism: 5. Maitland and the real personality of associations; 6. Figgis and the communitas communitatum; 7. Barker and the discredited state; 8. Cole and guild socialism; 9. Laski and political pluralism; 10. The return of the state; Part III. The Personality of the State: 11. The mask of personality; 12. The mask of the group; 13. The mask of the state; 14. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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NLS9780521022637
9780521022637
0521022630
Pluralism and the Personality of the State by David Runciman (University of Cambridge)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2005-11-10
300
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