Political Philosophy of Hannah Arendt

German born (although naturalised American) political philosopher, who contributed significantly to the analysis of totalitarianism, and the fate of Jewry in the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) is perhaps best known for a single utterance, her response to the Nazi Adolf Eichmann standing trial: ‘the lesson of the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil‘ (1963a). This… Read More Political Philosophy of Hannah Arendt

Moral and Political Philosophy of John Rawls

John Rawls (1921-2002) was an American philosopher, whose defence of liberalism was responsible for the revitalisation of English-language political philosophy from the late 1960s onwards. His philosophy, presented in A Theory of Justice (1972), draws its inspiration in large part from a renewal of the tradition of liberal social contract theory. Such accounts of political… Read More Moral and Political Philosophy of John Rawls

The Political Theory of Carole Pateman

Carole Pateman‘s work has been in the realm of political theory. Pateman argues that for political theory to become more democratic it must develop a truly general theory of the political. This must necessarily avoid the trap of disqualifying certain categories of persons from being political subjects. Rereading Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau and Marx, Pateman’s work… Read More The Political Theory of Carole Pateman