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Walzer, Michael

Works: 352 works in 1,245 publications in 10 languages and 36,508 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Case studies  Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary films  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Other, Honoree, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: U21.2, 355.02
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Just and unjust wars : a moral argument with historical illustrations by Michael Walzer( Book )

96 editions published between 1878 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 3,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This classic work of political ethics has radically reconfigured the way that we think about war. From the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai Massacre, from the wars in the Balkans through the first war in Iraq, Michael Walzer examines the moral issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war. He studies a variety of conflicts over the course of history, as well as the testimony of those who have been most directly involved--participants, decision makers, and victims. In his introduction to this new edition, Walzer specifically addresses the moral issues surrounding the war in and occupation of Iraq, reminding us once again that "the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity"--Back cover
Spheres of justice : a defense of pluralism and equality by Michael Walzer( Book )

57 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains how diverse societies distribute such entities as education, citizenship, work, leisure time, honors, and love, as well as wealth and power, and argues that a just distribution necessitates an open egalitarianism
The revolution of the saints; a study in the origins of radical politics by Michael Walzer( Book )

72 editions published between 1962 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arguing about war by Michael Walzer( Book )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written during a period of intense debates over the proper use of armed force, this book gets to the heart of difficult problems and argues persuasively for a moral perspective on war."--Jacket
Obligations; essays on disobedience, war, and citizenship by Michael Walzer( Book )

30 editions published between 1970 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On toleration by Michael Walzer( Book )

37 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walzer offers an eloquent defense of toleration, group differences, and pluralism, moving quickly from theory to practical issues, concrete examples, and hard questions. His concluding argument is focused on the contemporary United States and represents an effort to join and advance the debates about "culture war," the "politics of difference," and the "disuniting of America." Although he takes a grim view of contemporary politics, he is optimistic about the possibility of coexistence: cultural pluralism and a common citizenship can go together, he suggests, in a strong and egalitarian democracy
Exodus and revolution by Michael Walzer( Book )

26 editions published between 1984 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the biblical story of the Exdous and shows its part in shaping Western political thought and action
Regicide and revolution; speeches at the trial of Louis XVI by Michael Walzer( Book )

25 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maintaining that the trial and public execution of Louis XVI was an absolutely essential part of the French Revolution, Walzer discusses two types of regicide: the first, committed by would-be kings or their agents, left the monarchy's mystique and divine right intact, while the second was a revolutionary act intended to destroy it completely. Walzer defends the trial and execution of Louis XVI as necessary, since it not only tried to destroy the monarchy's mystique and divine right, but also required the deputies to fully explain their guiding philosophies and applied the rules of judicial process to establish equality before the law. New to this edition is an appendix containing "Revolutionary Justice," Ferenc Feher's classic rebuttal to Walzer's thesis, and Walzer's response, "The King's Trial and the Political Culture of the Revolution."
The company of critics : social criticism and political commitment in the twentieth century by Michael Walzer( Book )

39 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and French and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Company of Critics provides a fascinating survey of the terrain of social criticism in the last century. Organizing the book as a series of eleven intellectual biographies, Michael Walzer tells not just the dramatic story of the cultural and political radical but also the more personal story of the meaning of criticism to the critic. By looking at the life and work of Julien Benda, Randolph Bourne, Martin Buber, Antonio Gramsci, Ignazio Silone, George Orwell, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, and Breyten Breytenbach, Walzer explains the role of the public intellectual in the context of what he identifies as "the triumphs and catastrophes of our time: the two world wars, the struggles of the working class, national liberation, feminism, totalitarian politics."The new edition, featuring a new preface, contains Walzer's thoughts on his own role as a public intellectual and, most important, the challenges that lie ahead for the engaged social critic. With its unique emphasis on life as a proving ground for thought, The Company of Critics is a necessary addition to the literature of social and political engagement both within and outside of the academy
Thick and thin : moral argument at home and abroad by Michael Walzer( Book )

20 editions published between 1944 and 2006 in English and Polish and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Michael Walzer's Spheres of Justice was published ten years ago, the front page of The New York Times Book Review hailed the work as "an imaginative alternative to the current debate over distributive justice." Now in Thick and Thin, Walzer revises and extends his arguments in Spheres of Justice, framing his ideas about justice, social criticism, and national identity in light of the new political world that has arisen in the past decade. Walzer focuses on two different but interrelated kinds of moral argument: maximalist and minimalist, thick and thin, local and universal." "According to Walzer the first, thick type of moral argument is culturally connected, referentially entangled, detailed, and specific; the second, or thin type, is abstract, ad hoc, detached, and general. Thick arguments play the larger role in determining our views about domestic justice and in shaping our criticism of local arrangements. Thin arguments shape our views about justice in foreign places and in international society. The book begins with an account of minimalist argument, then examines two uses of maximalist arguments, focusing on distributive justice and social criticism. Walzer then discusses minimalism with a qualified defense of self-determination in international society, and concludes with a discussion of the (divided) self capable of this differentiated moral engagement." "Walzer's highly literate and fascinating blend of philosophy and historical analysis will appeal not only to those interested in the polemics surrounding Spheres of justice but also to intelligent readers who are more concerned with getting the arguments right."--Jacket
Radical principles : reflections of an unreconstructed democrat by Michael Walzer( Book )

11 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interpretation and social criticism by Michael Walzer( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics and passion : toward a more egalitarian liberalism by Michael Walzer( Book )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, political philosopher Michael Walzer offers a critique of liberal theory and demonstrates that crucial realities have been submerged in the evolution of contemporary liberal thought."--Jacket
The political imagination in literature : a reader by Philip Green( Book )

8 editions published between 1965 and 1969 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pluralism, justice, and equality by David Miller( Book )

26 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in this book by a group of leading political theorists assess and develop the central ideas of Michael Walzer's path-breaking Spheres of Justice. Is social justice a radically plural notion, with its principles determined by the different social goods that men and women allocate to one another? Is it possible to prevent the unequal distribution of money and power from distorting the allocation of other goods? If different goods are distributed by different mechanisms, what (if any) kind of social equality is possible? Are there universal principles of justice which apply regardless of context? These and other related questions are pursued in depth by the contributors. The book concludes with an important new essay by Walzer in which he reflects on the positions taken in his original book in the light of the critical appraisals presented here
In God's shadow : politics in the Hebrew Bible by Michael Walzer( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this eagerly awaited book, political theorist Michael Walzer reports his findings after decades of thinking about the politics of the Hebrew Bible. Attentive to nuance while engagingly straightforward, Walzer examines the laws, the histories, the prophecies, and the wisdom of the ancient biblical writers and discusses their views on such central political questions as justice, hierarchy, war, the authority of kings and priests, and the experience of exile. Because there are many biblical writers with differing views, pluralism is a central feature of biblical politics. Yet pluralism, Walzer observes, is never explicitly defended in the Bible; indeed, it couldn't be defended since God's word had to be as singular as God himself. Yet different political regimes are described in the biblical texts, and there are conflicting political arguments-and also a recurrent anti-political argument: if you have faith in God, you have no need for strong institutions, prudent leaders, or reformist policies. At the same time, however, in the books of law and prophecy, the people of Israel are called upon to overcome oppression and "let justice well up like water, righteousness like an unfailing stream."--Jacket
Getting out : historical perspectives on leaving Iraq by Nicolaus Mills( Book )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eventually every conqueror, every imperial power, every occupying army gets out. Why do they decide to leave? And how do political and military leaders manage withdrawal? Do they take with them those who might be at risk if left behind? What are immediate consequences of departure? Michael Walzer and Nicolaus Mills ask those questions about exiting, and worry specifically about difficulties certain to arise as we leave, Iraq. First section, entitled "Lessons Learned," examines seven historical cases of how and how not to withdraw: Britain's departure from American colonies and from India, the French withdrawal from Algeria, Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, and U.S. decision to leave (or not leave) Philippines, Korea, and Vietnam. These cases offer a comparative perspective and an opportunity to learn from history of political and military retreats. Second section, "Exiting Iraq," begins with introduction to how United States got into Iraq and continues with examination of how U.S. might leave from a diversity of voices, ranging from those who believe that Iraq war has produced no real good to those who hope for a decent ending--Publisher's description
Law, politics, and morality in Judaism( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jewish legal and political thought developed in conditions of exile, where Jews had neither a state of their own nor citizenship in any other. What use, then, can this body of thought be today to Jews living in Israel or as emancipated citizens in secular democratic states? Can a culture of exile be adapted to help Jews find ways of being at home politically today? These questions are central in Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism, a collection of essays by contemporary political theorists, philosophers, and lawyers. --From publisher's description
Michael Walzer zur Einführung by Skadi Krause( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in German and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading Walzer by Yitzhak Benbaji( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Walzer is one of the world's leading philosophers and political theorists. In addition to his best-known books such as Spheres of Justice, and Just and Unjust Wars, he has contributed to contemporary political debates beyond academia in the New York Times, the New Yorker and Dissent. Reading Walzer is the first book to assess the full range of Walzer's work. An outstanding team of international contributors consider the following topics in relation to Walzer's work:the moral standing of nation statesindividual responsibility and laws governing the conduct of wardebates over intervention
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Just and unjust wars : a moral argument with historical illustrations
Alternative Names
Maykl Valzer

Michael Walzer American political theorist and public intellectual

Michael Walzer Amerikaans filosoof

Michael Walzer filosofo statunitense

Michael Walzer US-amerikanischer Sozialphilosoph und Intellektueller

Ṿaltser, Mikhael 1935-

Volzer, Maĭkl

Volzer, Majkel, 1935-

Walzer, Michael

Walzer, Michael Laban.

Walzer, Michael Laban 1935-

Майкл Вальцер

Майкл Уолцер

Уолцер, Майкл 1935-

וולצר, מייקל

וולצר, מיכאל

וולצר, מיכאל 1935-

מייקל וולצר

왈저, 마이클 1935-

왈쩌, 마이클 1935-

월저, 마이클 1935-

ウォーザー, M

ウォルツァー, M

ウォルツァー, マイケル

ウォルツァ-, マイケル 1935-

ウォルツアー, マイケル



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German (17)

Spanish (13)

Chinese (4)

Italian (4)

Turkish (3)

Polish (3)

Dutch (2)

Russian (1)

Spheres of justice : a defense of pluralism and equalityThe revolution of the saints; a study in the origins of radical politicsArguing about warObligations; essays on disobedience, war, and citizenshipOn tolerationExodus and revolutionRegicide and revolution; speeches at the trial of Louis XVIThe company of critics : social criticism and political commitment in the twentieth century