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Kateb, George

Works: 37 works in 206 publications in 2 languages and 11,104 library holdings
Genres: History  Utopian fiction  Software  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Compiler
Classifications: JC585, 323.44
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Most widely held works by George Kateb
Human dignity by George Kateb( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We often speak of the dignity owed to a person. And dignity is a word that regularly appears in political speeches. Charters are promulgated in its name, and appeals to it are made when people all over the world struggle to achieve their rights. But what exactly is dignity? When one person physically assaults another, we feel the wrong demands immediate condemnation and legal sanction. Whereas when one person humiliates or thoughtlessly makes use of another, we recognize the wrong and hope for a remedy, but the social response is less clear. The injury itself may be hard to quantify. Given our concern with human dignity, it is odd that it has received comparatively little scrutiny. Here, George Kateb asks what human dignity is and why it matters for the claim to rights. He proposes that dignity is an "existential" value that pertains to the identity of a person as a human being. To injure or even to try to efface someone's dignity is to treat that person as not human or less than human--as a thing or instrument or subhuman creature. Kateb does not limit the notion of dignity to individuals but extends it to the human species. The dignity of the human species rests on our uniqueness among all other species
Patriotism and other mistakes by George Kateb( )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Kateb has been one of the most respected and influential political theorists of the last quarter century. His work stands apart from that of many of his contemporaries and resists easy summary. In these essays, Kateb often admonishes himself, in Socratic fashion, to keep political argument as far as possible negative: to be willing to assert what we are not, and what we will not do, and to build modestly from there some account of what we are and what we ought to do. Drawing attention to the non-rational character of many motives that drive people to construct and maintain a political order, he urges greater vigilance in political life and cautions against 'mistakes' not usually acknowledged as such. Patriotism is one such mistake, too often resulting in terrible brutality and injustices. He asks us to consider how commitments to ideals of religion, nation, race, ethnicity, manliness, and courage find themselves in the service of immoral ends, and he exhorts us to remember the dignity of the individual. The book is divided into three sections. In the first, Kateb discusses the expansion of state power (including such topics as surveillance) and the justifications for war recently made by American policy makers. The second section offers essays in moral psychology, and the third comprises fresh interpretations of major thinkers in the tradition of political thought, from Socrates to Arendt
On liberty by John Stuart Mill( )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerson and self-reliance by George Kateb( )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great moral philosopher. One of his principle contributions is the theory of self-reliance, a view of democratic individuality. 'Nietzsche was Emerson's best reader, ' and George Kateb provides an accessible reading of Emerson that is friendly to the interests of Nietzsche and to later Nietzscheans such as Weber, Heidegger, Arendt, and Foucault
Utopia and its enemies by George Kateb( Book )

24 editions published between 1963 and 1976 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The core of this book is the confrontation of utopianism with the wide range of criticism of it
Hannah Arendt, politics, conscience, evil by George Kateb( Book )

24 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over het werk van de Amerikaanse politicologe Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
Lincoln's political thought by George Kateb( )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book concentrates on Lincoln's political ideas. His speeches, messages, and letters were powerful and concise; they are of lasting theoretical interest and repay close attentive reading. Lincoln's words repay close interpretative reading because he was not always straightforward, and he was unusually complex. The book is about the meanings of his memorable words, especially his Second Inaugural address, and also considers those moments of truth that burst through Lincoln's political caution. In addition, the book takes up Lincoln's troubled justification for unconstitutional constitutionalism, in his unprecedented suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, and examines some reservations toward the claimed military necessity for its justification. Always present in the background was the national crisis over slavery from 1850 to 1865. The book aims to show that Lincoln's success in achieving power came from a deliberate and at times artful moderation"--Provided by publisher
Utopia by George Kateb( Book )

22 editions published between 1971 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Amid the twentieth century's seemingly overwhelming problems, some thinkers dared to envisage a world order governed by utopian proposals that would eliminate--or at least alleviate--the evils of society and secure positive advantages for all human beings. Others found this utopian optimism a hopeless fantasy and predicted a utopian order only repressiveness, boredom, and the impoverishment of human experience. The unique gathering of articles in Utopia vividly demonstrates the tension existing between utopian ideas and their proponents and the severe criticism of their adversaries. Among utopia's enthusiastic supporters, B.F. Skinner outlines the educational practices needed to sustain his concept of utopia, while Margaret Mead sets forth a bold defense of utopian vision in her article "Towards More Vivid Utopias." In active opposition to modern utopian idealism, Ralf Dahrendorf, the prominent German sociologist and politician, compares utopia with a cemetery and criticizes its fixed and uneventful life, and J.L. Talmon predicts that, since utopianism postulates absolute social cohesion, there is no escape from dictatorship in the utopian design. Still another alternative is offered by Zbigniew Brzezinski, who bases his futurist ideology on the trends of technology in the advanced countries of the world, especially the United States. He sees in the conscious application of technical-scientific rationality by an intellectual elite the method by which the promises of modern knowledge can be made good. Underscoring the fact that the utopian tradition can make us look at the real world with new eyes, George Kateb, the editor of Utopia, clarifies the terms of this long-standing debate and offers a thorough analysis of the "strong utopian impetus to save the world from as much of its confusion and disorder as possible." The work is an argument neither for utopian or anti-utopian visions. Rather it shows the possibilities of political norms in advancing the human condition in open societies."--Provided by publisher
The inner ocean : individualism and democratic culture by George Kateb( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kateb employs the concept at individuality not only to criticize communitarianism and to define the limits of the role of the state, but also to approach global concerns involving our relation to nature. The ten essays of this book explore democratic individuality in light of such topics as the power of political institutions to accommodate and express different values, the moral distinctiveness of representative democracy, the implications of the liberal social contract, and the possibility of human extinction. Certain essays draw upon the ideas of Neitzche and Heidegger, while others turn to Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman for expressions of the potential of democratic culture today. Eloquently addressing issues at the heart of democratic life, The Inner Ocean will be of vital interest to scholars and students in American studies, political theory, and moral philosophy
Political theory : its nature and uses by George Kateb( Book )

13 editions published in 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Kateb : dignity, morality, individuality by George Kateb( )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"George Kateb's writings have been innovatory in exploring the fundamental quandary of how modern democracy--sovereignty vested in the many--might nevertheless protect, respect, promote, even celebrate the singular, albeit ordinary individual. His essays, often leading to unexpected results, have focused on many inter-related topics: rights, representation, constitutionalism, war, evil, extinction, punishment, privacy, patriotism, and more. This book focuses in particular on his thought in three key areas: Dignity These essays exhibit the breadth and complexity of Kateb's notion of dignity and outline some implications for political theory. Rather than a solely moral approach to the theory of human rights, he elaborates a human-dignity rationale for the very worth of the human species Morality Here Kateb challenges the position that moral considerations are often too demanding to have a place in the rough-and-tumble of modern politics and political analysis. Rejecting common justifications for the propriety of punishment, he insists that state-based punishment is a perplexing moral problem that cannot be allayed by repairing to theories of state legitimacy. Individuality These essays gather some of Kateb's rejoinders and correctives to common conceptions and customary critiques of the theory of democratic individuality. He explains that Locke's hesitations and religious backtracking are instructive, perhaps as precursors for the ways in which vestigial beliefs can still cloud moral reasoning."--
Xian dai ren lun wu tuo bang by George Kateb( Book )

3 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in Chinese and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political thought and political thinkers by Judith N Shklar( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twenty-one essays written over Shklar's forty-year career as a professor at Harvard University
Hannah Arendt: The origins of totalitarianism : fifty years later ; unpublished article by Hannah Arendt( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anti-Utopianism by George Kateb( )

2 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Moral Distinctiveness of Representative Democracy by George Kateb( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The paper investigates the qualities which distinguish representative democracies from other forms of government, particularly direct democracies, dictatorships, and oligarchies. Representative democracy is based on the precept that political authority should be located in offices which are specified by a popularly ratified or accepted constitution and filled by contested elections. The hypothesis is that democratic values are morally superior to other political values. Representative democracy encourages citizens to adopt distinctive attitudes toward conduct, self-concept, and all authority in society as well as authority in political matters. Specific ways in which these attitudes are exemplified in a representative democracy include exhibiting independence of spirit in matters such as voting, engaging in conscientious dissent, and seeking political office; understanding all interactions which can to any degree be understood as political; and accepting moral indeterminacy. In general, although representative democracy is committed to respecting the boundaries of the individual and the related separation of the individual and society from the state, it encourages a high degree of interaction between the public and non-public sectors. It is concluded that representative democracy is the best way to preserve democratic values in modern societies which have become much too large and complex to sustain direct democratic forms of government. (Db)
Freedom and wordliness in the thought of Hannah Arendt by George Kateb( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bishop von Galen : German Catholicism and National Socialism by David Bromwich( Book )

1 edition published in 1900 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is John Gray a Nihilist? by George Kateb( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Political Thought of Herbert Marcuse by George Kateb( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Hannah Arendt, politics, conscience, evil
Patriotism and other mistakesOn libertyEmerson and self-relianceHannah Arendt, politics, conscience, evilUtopiaThe inner ocean : individualism and democratic culturePolitical thought and political thinkersBishop von Galen : German Catholicism and National Socialism
Alternative Names
George Kateb American writer

George Kateb Amerikaans filosoof

George Kateb escritor estadounidense

George Kateb filosofo statunitense

Kateb, George Anthony 1931-

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