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Dunn, John 1940-

Works: 131 works in 795 publications in 9 languages and 17,764 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Essays  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Scenarist, Honoree, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by John Dunn
Locke by John Dunn( Book )

55 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an introduction to the life and thought of seventeenth-century English philosopher John Locke, discussing his attempts to answer the questions of how human beings gain knowledge, and how they should try to live
Modern revolutions; an introduction to the analysis of a political phenomenon by John Dunn( Book )

47 editions published between 1972 and 1994 in English and French and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many political regimes today draw such legitimacy as they have from a revolution: the destruction of an existing political elite and its replacement by a different group or groups drawn from inside the same society. A large part of the ideological dispute in world politics has come in consequence to turn on an interpretation of the character of revolutions as political and social events. It is extremely difficult to separate ideological assessments of the desirability or otherwise of what has occured in revolutions from causal explanations of why these revolutions occurred, and both major traditions in the analysis of revolutionary phenomena have been damaged by their failure to distinguish clearly between explanation and assessment. In examining eight major revolutions of the twentieth century, John Dunn helps readers to remedy this state of affairs by thinking for themselves
The political thought of John Locke : an historical account of the argument of the 'Two treatises of government' by John Dunn( Book )

70 editions published between 1969 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study provides a comprehensive reinterpretation of the meaning of Locke's political thought. John Dunn restores Locke's ideas to their exact context, and so stresses the historical question of what Locke in the Two Treatises of Government was intending to claim. By adopting this approach, he reveals the predominantly theological character of all Locke's thinking about politics and provides a convincing analysis of the development of Locke's thought. In a polemical concluding section, John Dunn argues that liberal and Marxist interpretations of Locke's politics have failed to grasp his meaning. Locke emerges as not merely a contributor to the development of English constitutional thought, or as a reflector of socio-economic change in seventeenth-century England, but as essentially a Calvinist natural theologian
Western political theory in the face of the future by John Dunn( Book )

61 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La teoría democrática; El liberalismo; El nacionalismo; ¿Revolución?
Democracy : the unfinished journey, 508 BC to AD 1993( Book )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two and a half thousand years ago the small Greek city state of Athens invented a new form of political regime. Today the name of that form of regime is the only credible basis on which to claim regular and lasting political authority across the entire world. This book explains how a casual practical solution to local Greek political difficulties so very long ago has come to stand virtually unchallenged as the ground for modern political authority. It shows how the idea of democracy has kept its power in a world which is utterly different from the world of classical Greece and how the questions which the Greeks first raised about the meaning of democratic rule still loom over human political and economic institutions in a setting in which no modern population can ever rule in practice, day by day, as the Athenian demos ruled. By viewing its astonishing history across this great arc of time, the book shows why democracy today has both the power and the vulnerability which make it the key to understanding politics; and it explains why it has triumphed so decisively in the modern world
Contemporary West African states by Donal B Cruise O'Brien( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democracy : a history by John Dunn( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Democracy: A History, political theorist John Dunn sets out to explain the extraordinary presence of democracy in today's world. The story begins in Greece, where democracy started as an improvised remedy for a very local difficulty twenty-five hundred years ago. Athens gave democracy a name (demokratia) and worked out an elaborate, highly distinctive, and astonishingly thorough interpretation of the political conditions required to achieve it. However, democracy's tenure was short-lived, flourishing briefly and then fading away almost everywhere for nearly two thousand years. Democracy reappeared with the founding of the new American republic and amid the struggles of the French Revolution
West African states : failure and promise : a study in comparative politics by John Dunn( Book )

24 editions published between 1978 and 1987 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1956 the West African coast between southern Mauretania and western Cameroon was lined with no less than ten European colonial territories, along with a single independent African state. All of these colonial units have joined Liberia in formal political independence. Their political experiences since 1956 and indeed the forms of their present political regimes themselves have varied very widely over this period, from the defiant and paranoid austerity of Guinea to the gleeful surge of Nigeria's oil-generated capitalist expansion. In political taste the present governments cover almost the full spectrum of Third World regimes. Yet the societies themselves have many geographical and historical features in common, certainly far more in common than in the case of most units studied by analysts of comparative politics. This book was first published in 1978
The Economic limits to modern politics by John Dunn( Book )

29 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The economic considerations of public policy have assumed a more prominent place in contemporary political thought. This volume attempts to display the historical novelty and intellectual importance of this issue
Political obligation in its historical context : essays in political theory by John Dunn( Book )

20 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr Dunn addresses the central questions of political philosophy from an unusually broad variety of perspectives
Rethinking modern political theory : essays, 1979-83 by John Dunn( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is modern political theory philosophically so feeble and politically so unconvincing? This volume of essays, several of which are published here for the first time, discusses the historical sources of these weaknesses and suggests how they might begin to be remedied. The essays treat in relation to one another the history of modern philosophy and the practical relations between states, societies and economies in the modern world. The different approaches required to understand each of these are displayed, and the formidable difficulties of combining them satisfactorily are examined. Only if that is achieved however, do we stand a chance in John Dunn's view of overcoming the limitation of existing understandings of politics. And only then will we be able to arrive at a theory of collective prudence which unites moral awareness and a realistic appreciation of the nature, and the dangers, of modern politics
The politics of socialism : an essay in political theory by John Dunn( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Why do any human beings choose to be socialists? Why has socialist politics proved in practice so frequently disappointing? How far can socialist ideas still serve to inform and guide political judgement in modern states for the better? Are the evident weaknesses of socialist politics in all its varieties likely to lead to its disappearance from modern political activity in the readily imaginable future?' These are the questions John Dunn faces in this book, offering an appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of socialism as a political theory. Its strengths, he argues, will always lie in its hostility to the manifest injustices of capitalist property relations. But its weaknesses stem from an inadequate and disingenuous conception of political power and political action, and from the widespread failures of socialist economic planning. Dunn goes on to examine how these failings might be remedied or minimized, given the options available from present conditions and the history of socialist politics. The conclusions of his analysis are not optimistic: the future for socialism will not be a comfortable one. But, he says, an honest recognition of the real problems that exist and an understanding of their causes is the only way of renewing confidence in socialism's promises of democracy and material security. This book is an attempt to confront problems which have arisen largely from the practice of socialist politics itself and to locate their sources within the confusions and equivocations of existing understandings of socialism
The cunning of unreason : making sense of politics by John Dunn( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A must read for every politician, spin doctor and professional pundit, The Cunning of Unreason offers a greater understanding of the way politics works in contemporary society and what it promises for the future."--Jacket
Interpreting political responsibility : essays 1981-1989 by John Dunn( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume one of the leading political theorists of our time addresses what he believes is the major task of political theory: showing human beings how they have good reason to act in the historical situation in which they find themselves. Dunn argues that humans today depend more abjectly and extensively than ever before on the capacity of some of our number for skillful political action. There are many reasons for this dependence: closely linked nuclear-threat and financial systems, massive trade flows that sustain or imperil the well-being of all modern populations, and the awesome scale of the unintended ecological effects of human production. Why has modern political theory failed to relate these factors systematically to one another and to provide people with adequate reasons for action? To answer this twin query, Dunn brilliantly deploys the resources of the historical development of Western political thinking, in counterpoint with some of the main lessons of international political economy. The concluding essay reasserts that the classical virtue of prudence has a central place in contemporary politics. The conditions of modern politics, it maintains, require the exercise of prudence not merely by political, military, and economic leaders, but also by the populace at large. Overall, this selection of Dunn's most influential work of the past decade reflects his remarkable range of interestsincluding Locke's ideological importance, the nature of trust in politics, rights, liberty, responsibility at a national level, postcolonial African politics, and political community. The book will be required reading for students from a variety of disciplines. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The history of political theory and other essays by John Dunn( Book )

17 editions published between 1966 and 1996 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this collection of recent essays (several appearing in English for the first time), John Dunn brings his characteristically acute and penetrating insight to a wide range of issues facing politics--past, present and future."--Page 4 of cover
Dependence and opportunity : political change in Ahafo by John Dunn( Book )

11 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Setting the people free : the story of democracy by John Dunn( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Setting the People Free shows how the word 'democracy' has won this extraordinary eminence, and what that ambivalent victory means. It traces democracy's course from improvised remedy for local Greek difficulties over two thousand years ago, through centuries of near-extinction, to political rebirth late in the eighteenth century, and on to overwhelming triumph since 1945. Throughout this astonishing story John Dunn shows consistently how weak the ties are between the word itself and the many different ideas it has come to evoke. He shows why it has inspired so many, from Periclean Athens until today, but why none of the ideas which claim its mantle deserve the trust they demand in democracy's name."--BOOK JACKET
Contemporary crisis of the nation state? by John M Dunn( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Breaking democracy's spell by John Dunn( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: In this timely and important work, eminent political theorist John Dunn argues that democracy is not synonymous with good government. The author explores the labyrinthine reality behind the basic concept of democracy, demonstrating how the political system that people in the West generally view as straightforward and obvious is, in fact, deeply unclear and, in many cases, dysfunctional. Consisting of four thought-provoking lectures, Dunn's book sketches the path by which democracy became the only form of government with moral legitimacy, analyzes the contradictions and pitfalls of modern American democracy, and challenges the academic world to take responsibility for giving the world a more coherent understanding of this widely misrepresented political institution. Suggesting that the supposedly ideal marriage of liberal economics with liberal democracy can neither ensure its continuance nor even address the problems of contemporary life, this courageous analysis attempts to show how we came to be so gripped by democracy's spell and why we must now learn to break it
Political judgement : essays for John Dunn by Richard Bourke( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 173 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
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The political thought of John Locke : an historical account of the argument of the 'Two treatises of government'
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Modern revolutions; an introduction to the analysis of a political phenomenonThe political thought of John Locke : an historical account of the argument of the 'Two treatises of government'Western political theory in the face of the futureDemocracy : the unfinished journey, 508 BC to AD 1993Contemporary West African statesDemocracy : a historyWest African states : failure and promise : a study in comparative politicsThe Economic limits to modern politics