Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Political Theory offers fresh and thought-provoking perspectives on some of the most pressing political concerns of our times.

The volume includes a dozen articles that draw upon a wide spectrum of social sciences and humanities (political science, sociology, international studies, psychoanalysis, philosophy, cultural studies) to explore the historically-grounded contemporaneity and the interdisciplinarity of political theory. It represents the joint endeavor of the editor and 12 outstanding scholars affiliated with renowned academic institutions spanning four continents.

The contributors shed light on and provide insights into a broad range of issues that are of current relevance in the domains of both theory and practice. The book covers considerable ground as it grapples with a variety of topics (democracy, justice, civil society, torture), thinkers (Camus, Rawls, Habermas, Derrida) and frameworks (Marxism, critical theory, public choice, feminism).

The central contention of the book is that the destiny of humankind will depend increasingly upon our collective intellectual and practical capacity to shape the global configuration of capital, power and knowledge that is emerging in the matrix of late modernity.

Albert Camus and the Politics of Friendship

Albert Camus and the politics of friendship

Albert Camus (1913–60), the Algerian French writer and Nobel laureate, has been widely recognised as a visionary political thinker of the last century.1 At the centre of his vision lies a certain notion of rebellion which reveals an ontological orientation according well with the spirit of our times. In what follows, I offer a thumbnail sketch of Camusian rebellion, discuss some of the contradictions that critics have detected in it, and argue that if these seeming aporias are properly contextualised, they can serve as entry points into a philosophically informed politics of friendship.2

Anatomy and Antinomies of Rebellion

Camus' initial understanding of rebellion sprang from his preoccupation with the problem of absurdity. In The ...

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