Political Encounters

A Hermeneutic Inquiry into the Situation of Political Obligation

Authors: Brown, Ruairidh J.

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  • A highly original and innovative examination into the question of ‘Political Obligation’
  • Offers a hermeneutical attempt to understand political phenomena rather than a strictly normative account of Political Theory
  • Engages with key philosophical ideas and figures, especially existentialist thinkers such as Kierkegaard
  • Provides a timely investigation of areas at the intersection between Political Theory and Continental Philosophy
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This book takes the novel approach of framing Political Obligation as a situation rather than a problem. By doing so, Political Obligation is not considered as an issue to be solved, but a central condition of existence to be investigated and understood. The book launches a hermeneutic inquiry into how this relationship of obligation is constructed through encounters in which the citizen comes face-to-face with the existential manifestations of the State. The book first discusses the dominant approaches to Political Obligation to elucidate the benefits of an existential hermeneutical approach. The notion of encounter is then developed into a hermeneutic approach capable of uncovering and interpreting the arguments, ideas, and narratives of obligation as are communicated in political communities. Finally, the limitations of this approach are considered in reference to the concerns of the Post-truth era.     

About the authors

Ruairidh J. Brown teaches International Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. He holds a PhD in Political Theory from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Reviews

“Brown’s stimulating book expands our interpretive horizon by putting Kierkegaard into conversation with a diverse range of interlocutors as well as with varied social contexts.  It shifts our focus from the concept to the living experience of political obligation, allowing the vitality of this experience to emerge through a multifaceted reassessment of what it means to be obligated to our communities or countries.” (Patrick Hayden, Professor, Political Theory and International Relations, University of St. Andrews, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The ‘Situation’ of Political Obligation

    Brown, Ruairidh J.

    Pages 1-21

  • The ‘Rational Individual’: Rational Paradigms of Obligation

    Brown, Ruairidh J.

    Pages 23-56

  • The Importance of Tradition and Culture: Context-Based Paradigms of Obligation

    Brown, Ruairidh J.

    Pages 57-86

  • The Oppressor and the Oppressed: Marxist and Other Critical Paradigms of Obligation

    Brown, Ruairidh J.

    Pages 87-112

  • The View from Inside: Introducing the Hermeneutical Concept of Encounter

    Brown, Ruairidh J.

    Pages 113-146

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Hardcover $74.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Encounters
Book Subtitle
A Hermeneutic Inquiry into the Situation of Political Obligation
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17340-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17340-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17339-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 213
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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