Item description for Twenty-First Century Democratic Renaissance: From Plato to Neoliberalism to Planetary Democracy by Errol E. Harris...
Starting from ancient Greece and the writings of Thucydides and Plato, Professor Harris examines the major concepts of democracy developed by notable thinkers down through the ages. He presents a powerful and incisive explanation of the emergence of the democratic principle from Plato through Aristotle, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx and on to contemporary thought. By Contrast with this democratic tradition, Harris advances a powerful analysis of the tradition that has attempted to subvert the legitimacy of democracy throughout the 20th Century. Beginning with the Nazi legal theorist, Carl Schmidt, Harris show the flaws in the thought of the entire anti-democratic tradition that schmidt influenced: Joseph Schumpter, Vilfredo Pareto, Freidrich von Hayek, Hans Morgenthau, and Benjamin Barber. He shows the relationship between the flawed thinking of this tradition and the work of Leo Straus, the darling of today's Neoconservatives, especially Milton Friedman, who for the past decade have wrecked such havoc in Washington DC and the world. In many ways, Harris's brilliant book provides the necessary historical background for understanding the powerful criticisms of the the work of Strauss' follower Milton Friedman offered in Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Professor Harris concludes by pointing to the urgent necessity for a world federal process including a world constitution as the rational, effective, secure and lawful means by which the people and nations of the world can ensure true and enduring world democracy. He shows clearly and powerfully in what ways we can only deal with today's multifaceted global crisis through a 21st Century Democratic Renaissance. The insights clearly articulated in this book will provide the foundation for world-wide democracy in the coming century.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 21, 2008
Publisher The Institute for Economic Democracy
ISBN 1933567155 ISBN13 9781933567150
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More About Errol E. Harris
ERROL E. HARRIS is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Northwestern University. The author of 25 books on philosophy, Professor Harris has held named chairs at four universities and has taught worldwide. His latest book, coedited with James A. Yunker, is Toward Genuine Global Governance: Critical Reactions to "Our Global Neighborhood" (Praeger, 1999).
Errol E. Harris currently resides in Ambleside, Cumbria.