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وصف كتب مصر
In this collection of essays, Bhargava answers important questions related to
Political Theory and its aims. The aim of political theory, he says, is not
only to clear up conceptual muddles but to reason systematically and ethically
about some of the major social and political problems we face, to illuminate
which ethical values are relevant to the context and why, and to give some
direction to what we should do. Using the tools of political theory, he tells
us the value and dangers of multiculturalism, the significance of political
secularism in religiously diverse societies, the continuing relevance of some
socialist ideas and explains why modernity must not be viewed only as a
monolithic, homogenizing process.
What is Political Theory and Why Do We Need It? asks what, if any, the
cultural injustices of colonialism are and how we should respond to them,
assesses the value of institutions such as Truth and Reconciliation in
societies that have gone through violence and injustice on a massive scale,
argues why it is urgent to jettison stereotypes of one another held by
religious and secular persons, clarifie the importance of free expression in
democratic societies, and how the state should act amidst growing intolerance
and offers a morally complex reflection on 9/11. The book also includes
philosophical essays on the methodology of social science.