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Geuss, Raymond

Works: 81 works in 405 publications in 10 languages and 15,671 library holdings
Genres: History  Essays 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Contributor, Author of introduction, Commentator, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: HD6477, 320.01
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Most widely held works by Raymond Geuss
Public goods, private goods by Raymond Geuss( )

46 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much political thinking today, particularly that influenced by liberalism, assumes a clear distinction between the public and the private, and holds that the correct understanding of this distinction should weigh heavily in our attitude to human goods. It is widely held, for instance, that the state may address human action in the "public" realm but not in the "private." In Public Goods, Private Goods Raymond Geuss exposes the profound flaws of such thinking and calls for a more nuanced approach. Drawing on a series of colorful examples from the ancient world, he illustrates some of the many ways in which actions can in fact be understood as public or private."--Jacket
Outside ethics by Raymond Geuss( )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raymond Geuss presents essays bound by a shared scepticism about his perception of contemporary Western thinking on human priorities. He argues that these priorities arise from subjective individual preferences, the state of our knowledge of the world and agreed restrictions on actions that affect others
Philosophy and real politics by Raymond Geuss( )

29 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many contemporary political thinkers are gripped by the belief that their task is to develop an ideal theory of rights or justice for guiding and judging political actions. This text argues that philosophers should first try to understand why real political actors behave as they actually do
Politics and the imagination by Raymond Geuss( )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In politics, utopians do not have a monopoly on imagination. Even the most conservative defenses of the status quo, Raymond Geuss argues, require imaginative acts of some kind. In this collection of recent essays, including his most overtly political writing yet, Geuss explores the role of imagination in politics, particularly how imaginative constructs interact with political reality." "He uses decisions about the war in Iraq to explore the peculiar ways in which politicians can be deluded and citizens can misunderstand their leaders. He also examines critically what he sees as one of the most serious delusions of western political thinking - the idea that a human society is always best conceived as a closed system obeying fixed rules. And, in essays on Don Quixote, museums, Celan's poetry, Heidegger's brother Fritz, Richard Rorty, and bourgeois philosophy, Geuss reflects on how cultural artifacts can lead us to embrace or reject conventional assumptions about the world. While paying particular attention to the relative political roles played by rule-following, utilitarian calculations of interest, and aspirations to lead a collective life of a certain kind, Geuss discusses a wide range of related issues, including the distance critics need from their political systems, the extent to which history can enlighten politics, and the possibility of utopian thinking in a world in which action retains its urgency."--Jacket
Reification : a new look at an old idea by Axel Honneth( )

25 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these original and imaginative essays, delivered as the Tanner Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005, the distinguished third-generation Frankfurt School philosopher Axel Honneth attempts to rescue the concept of reification by recasting it in the terms of the philosophy of recognition he has been developing over the past two decades." "Three distinguished political and social theorists - Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, and Jonathan Lear - respond with hard questions about the central anthropological premise of Honneth's argument: the assumption that prior to cognition there is a fundamental experience of intersubjective recognition that can provide a normative standard by which current social relations can be judged wanting. Honneth listens carefully to their criticisms and provides a powerful defense of his position."--Jacket
The idea of a critical theory : Habermas and the Frankfurt school by Raymond Geuss( Book )

50 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this series is to help make contemporary European philosophy intelligible to a wider audience in the English-speaking world, and to suggest its interest and importance in particular to those trained in analytical philosophy
Political judgement : essays for John Dunn by Richard Bourke( )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Plato to Max Weber, the attempt to understand political judgement took the form of a struggle to define the relationship between politics and morals. This book by leading international scholars in the fields of history, philosophy and politics restores the subject to a place at the very centre of political theory and practice. Whilst it provides a range of perspectives on the theme of practical reason, it also explores a series of related problems in philosophy and political thought, raising fundamental questions about democracy, trust, the nature of statesmanship, and the relations between historical and political judgement. In the process, the volume reconsiders some classic debates in political theory - about equality, authority, responsibility and ideology - and offers new and original treatments of key figures in the history of political thought, including Thucydides, Montaigne, Locke, Smith, Burke and Marx
A world without why by Raymond Geuss( )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many influential ethical views depend on the optimistic assumption that the human and natural world could be made to make sense to humanity. Geuss's essays challenge this assumption, exploring the genesis and historical development of this optimistic configuration in ethical thought and describing the ways in which it has shown itself to be unfounded and misguided. Discussions of Greco-Roman antiquity and of the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Adorno play a central role in many of these essays. Geuss also ranges over such topics as: the concepts of intelligibility, authority, democracy, and criticism; the role of lying in politics; architecture; the place of theology in ethics; tragedy and comedy; and the struggle between realism and our search for meaning. A World without Why raises fundamental questions about the viability not just of specific ethical concepts and theses, but of our most basic assumptions about what ethics could and must be. --
History and illusion in politics by Raymond Geuss( Book )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The distinguished political philosopher Raymond Geuss examines critically some of the most widely held and important preconceptions about contemporary politics held in advanced Western societies. In a series of analytically focused chapters Dr. Geuss discusses the state, authority, violence and coercion, the concept of legitimacy, liberalism, toleration, freedom, democracy, and human rights. He argues that the liberal democratic state committed to the defence of human rights is a historically contingent conjunction of disparate elements that do not fit together coherently. One of Geuss' most striking claims is that it makes sense to speak of rights only relative to a mechanism for enforcing them, and that therefore the whole concept of a 'human right', as it is commonly used in contemporary political philosophy, is a confusion. This is a profound and concise essay on the basic structure of contemporary politics, written throughout in a voice that is sceptical, engaged, and clear."--Jacket
The birth of tragedy and other writings by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Birth of Tragedy is one of the seminal philosophical works of the modern period. Nietzsche's discussion of the nature of culture, of the conditions under which it can flourish and of those under which it will decline, his analysis of the sources of discontent with the modern world, his criticism of rationalism and of traditional morality, his aesthetic theories and his conception of the 'Dionysiac' have had a profound influence on the philosophy, literature, music, and politics of the twentieth century. This edition presents a new translation by Ronald Speirs and an introduction by Raymond Geuss that sets the work in its historical and philosophical context. The volume also includes two essays on related topics that Nietzsche wrote during the same period, and that throw further light on the themes treated in the main text
Morality, culture, and history : essays on German philosophy by Raymond Geuss( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays deals with firstly Nietzsche's genealogy and views on morality and secondly, a range of issues that concern aesthetics and the German philosophical perspective
Vico : the first new science by Giambattista Vico( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vico's First New Science gives a clear account of the basic theme of his mature philosophy. This Cambridge Texts edition is the first complete English translation of the 1725 text, and is accompanied by a glossary, bibliography, chronology of Vico's life and expository introduction
T nnies : Community and Civil Society by Ferdinand Tnnies( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (Community and Civil Society) is a classic of social and political theory, exploring the tension between close-knit 'communities' and an emerging global market 'society'. This new translation and introduction make this seminal work accessible to students of social and political theory and the history of European ideas
Reflections on violence by Georges Sorel( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic study of the weapons of social revolution -from the provocative role of "myths" to the uses of insurrection and the general strike
Cicero: on the commonwealth and on the laws by Marcus Tullius Cicero( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the Commonwealth and On the Laws are Cicero's most important works of political philosophy. The present volume offers a masterly new translation of both by James E.G. Zetzel, supported by a concise introduction, notes and other aids, of interest to students in politics, philosophy, ancient history, law and classics
Changing the subject : philosophy from Socrates to Adorno by Raymond Geuss( Book )

12 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ask a question and it is reasonable to expect an answer or a confession of ignorance. But a philosopher may defy expectations. Confronted by a standard question arising from a normal way of viewing the world, a philosopher may reply that the question is misguided, that to continue asking it is, at the extreme, to get trapped in a delusive hall of mirrors. According to Raymond Geuss, this attempt to bypass or undercut conventional ways of thinking, to escape from the hall of mirrors, represents philosophy at its best and most characteristic. To illustrate, Geuss explores the ideas of twelve philosophers who broke dramatically with prevailing wisdom, from Socrates and Plato in the ancient world to Wittgenstein and Adorno in our own. The result is a striking account of some of the most innovative and important philosophers in Western history and an indirect manifesto for how to pursue philosophy today. Geuss cautions that philosophers' attempts to break from convention do not necessarily make the world a better place. Montaigne's ideas may have been benign, but the fate of the views developed by, for instance, Augustine, Hobbes, and Nietzsche has been more varied. But in the act of provoking people to think differently, philosophers make clear that we are not fated to live within the often stifling systems of thought that we inherit. We can change the subject. A work of exceptional range, power, and originality, Changing the Subject manifests the precise virtues of philosophy that it identifies and defends.--
The invention of God by Thomas Römer( )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who invented God? When, why, and where? Thomas Romer seeks to answer these enigmatic questions about the deity of the great monotheisms Yhwh, God, or Allah by tracing Israelite beliefs and their context from the Bronze Age to the end of the Old Testament period in the third century BCE, in a masterpiece of detective work and exposition
Writings from the early notebooks by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nietzsche's unpublished notes are extraordinary in both volume and interest, and indispensable to a full understanding of his lifelong engagement with the fundamental questions of philosophy. This volume includes an extensive selection of the notes he kept during the early years of his career. They address the philosophy of Schopenhauer, the nature of tragedy, the relationship of language to music, the importance of Classical Greek culture for modern life, and the value of the unfettered pursuit of truth and knowledge which Nietzsche thought was a central feature of western culture since it was first introduced by Plato. They contain startling and original answers to the questions which were to occupy Nietzsche throughout his life and demonstrate the remarkable stability and consistency of his fundamental concerns. They are presented here in a new translation by Landislaus Lob, and an introduction by Alexander Nehamas sets them in their philosophical and historical contexts."--Jacket
The early Frankfurt School and religion by Raymond Geuss( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume examines the ways in which the authors of the early Frankfurt School criticised, adopted and modified traditional forms of religious thought and practice. Focusing on the works of Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, Max Horkheimer, Otto Kirchheimer and Franz Neumann, it analyses the relevance of religious traditions and the Enlightenment critique of religion for modern conceptions of emancipatory thought, art, law, and politics."--Jacket
Reality and its dreams by Raymond Geuss( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book tries to argue for both of two theses that some have thought are incompatible, one negative, the other positive. To start with the negative thesis, the book opposes the 'normative turn' in political philosophy: the idea that the right approach to politics is to start from thinking abstractly about our own normative views and apply them to judging political structures, decisions, and events. Rather, the book argues, the study of politics should be focused on the historically and sociologically contextualized sphere of real politics. The second, and positive thesis, is that opposition to the 'normative turn' need not mean the end of utopianism, although that utopianism needs to be re-understood. The utopian impulse is not an attempt to describe a perfect society, but an impulse to think the impossible in politics. That is, it is an attempt to articulate deep-seated desires that cannot be realized under current conditions and to imagine how structures and forms of action that now seem invariant can be changed."--Provided by publisher
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Public goods, private goods
Outside ethicsPhilosophy and real politicsPolitics and the imaginationReification : a new look at an old ideaThe idea of a critical theory : Habermas and the Frankfurt schoolPolitical judgement : essays for John DunnHistory and illusion in politicsThe birth of tragedy and other writings
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Geuss, Raymond, 1946-

Raymond Geuss Amerikaans filosoof

Raymond Geuss brita filozofo

Raymond Geuss britischer Philosoph

Raymond Geuss British philosopher

Raymond Geuss filòsof britànic

Raymond Geuss filósofo británico

Raymond Geuss philosophe britannique

Raymond Geuss US-amerikanischer Hochschullehrer

거스, 레이몬드 1946-

게스, 레이몬드

고이스, 레이몬드 1946-

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