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Conformity of our times. One- Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

“A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom prevails in advanced industrial civilization, a token of technical progress” (Marcuse, 1991: 3) One- Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse is one of my favourite books offering powerful critique of growing conformity, new modes of domination and social control. In particular, Part I One- Dimensional Society gives very good perspective… Continue reading Conformity of our times. One- Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

Hannah Arendt · political philosophy · Political Theory · politics

Is violence an antithesis of politics or a creative force?

The relationship between violence and politics is conceptualized and understood in different ways within modern and contemporary political thought. The statist approach legitimizes use of violence by the state. Machiavelli (2017) claims that the prince should use violence wisely to maintain stability of a country and to secure his own position. According to Hobbes (1993),… Continue reading Is violence an antithesis of politics or a creative force?

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The best practicable regime according to Aristotle

Aristotle claimed that Plato, who focused on ideal political system, failed to provide accessible form of knowledge that statesmen need. Aristotle applied inductive and rationalist approach to studying human beings as political animals, unity of polis and the best practicable political regıme. Aristotle aim was to limit social conflicts and advise how to advance the… Continue reading The best practicable regime according to Aristotle

Great philosophers · Liberalism · political philosophy · Political Theory · politics

Response to Liberalism of Fear by Judith N. Shklar

In The Liberalism of Fear, Shklar develops her view on political liberalism. Firstly, the author argues the main aim of liberalism is to secure political conditions that are necessary for exercise of political freedom (p.3). Liberalism does not have any particular doctrine and does not depend on specific religious or philosophical system of thought. On… Continue reading Response to Liberalism of Fear by Judith N. Shklar

book quotes · Great philosophers · political philosophy · Political Theory · postmodernism

“If you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal…”

“…if you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal, if you are abnormal , then you are sick. These three categories, not being like everybody else, not being normal and being sick are in fact very different but have been reduced to the same thing” Michel Foucault, (2004) “Je suis un artificier”.