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Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

Larry Siedentop

$39.99

ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2014 ----- This highly ambitious book asks us to rethink the evolution of the ideas on which modern states are built.

Larry Siedentop argues that the core of what is now our system of beliefs, liberalism, emerged much earlier than generally recognised, established not in the Renaissance but by the arguments of lawyers and philosophers in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

There are large parts of the world - fundamentalist Islam; quasi-capitalist China - where other belief systems flourish. Faced with these challenges, understanding our own ideas' origins is more than ever an important part of knowing who we are.
Can War be Eliminated?

Can War be Eliminated?

Christopher Coker

$20.95

Throughout history, war seems to have had an iron grip on humanity. In this short book, internationally renowned philosopher of war, Christopher Coker, challenges the view that war is an idea that we can cash in for an even better one - peace. War, he argues, is central to the human condition; it is part of the evolutionary inheritance which has allowed us to survive and thrive. New technologies and new geopolitical battles may transform the face and purpose of war in the 21st century, but our capacity for war remains undiminished. The inconvenient truth is that we will not see the end of war until it exhausts its own evolutionary possibilities.
Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing, and What We Can Do About it

Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing, and What We Can Do About it

Ian Goldin

$18.95

With rapid globalization, the world is more deeply interconnected than ever before. While this has its advantages, it also brings with it systemic risks that are only just being identified and understood. Rapid urbanization, together with technological leaps, such as the Internet, mean that we are now physically and virtually closer than ever in humanity's history. We face a number of international challenges - climate change, pandemics, cyber security, and migration - which spill over national boundaries. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the UN, the IMF, the World Bank - bodies created in a very different world, more than 60 years ago - are inadequate for the task of managing such risk in the 21st century. Ian Goldin explores whether the answer is to reform the existing structures, or to consider a new and radical approach. By setting out the nature of the problems and the various approaches to global governance, Goldin highlights the challenges that we are to overcome and considers a road map for the future.
Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Cass R. Sunstein

$34.95

Based on a series of path breaking lectures given at Yale University in 2012, this powerful, thought-provoking work by national best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein combines legal theory with behavioural economics to make a fresh argument about the legitimate scope of government, bearing on obesity, smoking, distracted driving, health care, food safety, and other highly volatile, high-profile public issues. Behavioural economists have established that people often make decisions that run counter to their best interests - producing what Sunstein describes as behavioral market failures . Sometimes we disregard the long term; sometimes we are unrealistically optimistic; sometimes we do not see what is in front of us. With this evidence in mind, Sunstein argues for a new form of paternalism, one that protects people against serious errors but also recognizes the risk of government overreaching and usually preserves freedom of choice. Against those who reject paternalism of any kind, Sunstein shows that choice architecture - government-imposed structures that affect our choices - is inevitable, and hence that a form of paternalism cannot be avoided. He urges that there are profoundly moral reasons to ensure that choice architecture is helpful rather than harmful - and that it makes people's lives better and longer.
The Muslims are Coming: Islamaphobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror

The Muslims are Coming: Islamaphobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror

Arun Kundnani

$29.99

Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, polls showed that Americans were more anxious about terrorism than they were before his death. The new front in the War on Terror is the 'homegrown enemy,' domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance around the Western world. Based on several years of research and reportage from Dallas to Dewsbury, and written in exciting, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counter-radicalization strategies in the US and the UK. The new policies and policing campaigns have been backed by an anti- extremism industry of newly minted experts, and by examining the ideas of commentators like Martin Amis, Peter Beinart, and Christopher Caldwell, the book also looks at the way liberalism has itself been transformed by its embrace of antiextremism.
Human Rights Watch World Report: Events of 2013

Human Rights Watch World Report: Events of 2013

Human Rights Watch ,  Kenneth Roth

$59.99

Human Rights Watch's World Report 2014 is the global rights watchdog's flagship twenty-fourth annual review of global trends and news in human rights. An invaluable resource for journalists, diplomats, and citizens, it features not only incisive country surveys but also several hard-hitting essays highlighting key human rights issues. World Report 2014 also features striking photo essays by award-winning photographers.

$19.99

Hegemony and socialist strategy: Towards a radical democratic politics
Ernesto Laclau
Paperback

$19.99

The philosophy of Marx
Etienne Balibar
Paperback

$19.99

Women, resistance and revolution: A history of women and revolution in the modern world
Sheila Rowbotham
Paperback

$19.99

Tactics and ethics: 1919-1929
Georg Lukacs
Paperback

$22.95

Metapolitics
Alain Badiou
Paperback

$17.99

The Democratic Paradox
Chantal Mouffe
Paperback
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