Rousseau and Revolution

Bloomsbury Publishing
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The political philosophy of the 18th century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau has long been associated with the dramatic events of the French Revolution. In this book, an international team of scholars has been brought together to examine the connection between Rousseau's thought and the revolutionary traditions of modern Europe.

The book explores Rousseau's own conceptions of violence and revolution in contrast to those of other thinkers such as Hegel and Fanon and in connection with his ideas on democracy. Historical analyses also consider Rousseau's thinking in light of the French Revolution in particular and the European revolutions that have followed it. Across the eleven chapters the book also touches on such issues as citizenship, activism, terrorism and the State. In doing so, the book reveals Rousseau to be an important source of insight into contemporary political problems.

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Holger Ross Lauritsen is a PhD Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Mikkel Thorup is Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, University of Aarhus, Denmark. His previous publications include An Intellectual History of Terror: War, Violence and the State (Routledge, 2010).
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Jul 14, 2011
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Økonomi. Et emne der er omgærdet af stor ærefrygt. For stor ærefrygt. For selvom økonomerne er blevet vor kriseramte tids orakler, er økonomisk tænkning for alle. Økonomi er ikke bare tal og tabeller, vismænd og matematiske algoritmer. Det er levet liv. Det er praksisser og forestillinger og kultur. Det er gode idéer – og det er dårlige idéer. Økonomi trænger sig konstant på i vores hverdag. Hvad har værdi og under hvilke omstændigheder? Hvorfor giver vi rask væk et halvt hundrede kroner for en café latte fra Starbucks, men irriteres over at give meget mere end 25 kroner for et pund frikadellefars? Pengene og livet er en samling sjove, kloge og oplysende fortællinger om pengenes idé- og kulturhistorie gennem fire århundreder, der sætter spot på de myter, der omgiver vores økonomiske liv. Bogen giver med sine mange både historiske og højaktuelle fortællinger – med titler som ’Kartoflens politiske økonomi’, ’Goldman Sachs er Gud’ og ’Steen Bocians krystalkugle’ – intellektuel ammunition til den, der gerne vil udfordre tidens økonomiske ”sandheder”. Mikkel Thorup (f. 1973) er lektor i politisk idéhistorie ved Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet, med særlig interesse i den politiske og økonomiske tænknings historie. Jakob Bek-Thomsen (f. 1977) er adjunkt på Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet og arbejder med økonomiske ideer om vækst, velstand og moral fra Renæssancen og frem. Christian Olaf Christiansen (f. 1980) er post.doc. ved idéhistorie, Aarhus Universitet, og forsker i menneskerettigheder og socialt ansvarlige virksomheder som to alternative svar på global fattigdom. Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen (f. 1983) er PhD i idéhistorie og forsker i den politiske økonomis historie og arbejder pt. på et projekt om klimabevægelsens økonomiforestillinger.
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