The Promise and Risk of Politics
By (author) Bernard P. Dauenhauer
Publication date:23 December 1998
Length of book:348 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
Paul Ricoeur, with Rawls, Walzer, and Habermas as some of his main interlocutors, has developed a substantial and distinctive body of political thought. On the one hand, it articulates a rich conception of the paradoxical character of the domain of politics. On the other, it provides a fresh approach to such major topics as the relationship among politics, economics, and ethics and between concern for universal human rights and respect for cultural plurality. His work, rooted as it is in Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel, also provides resources for a fruitful rethinking of the issues at stake in the liberal-communitarian debate.
This book has an elegant structure . . . Dauenhauer's treatment of Ric?ur in fact dovetails so well with his own political thought . . . that it is difficult to tell where Ric?ur ends and Dauenhauer begins.....