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Politics and the Philosophy of Life: Toward a Normative Framework

Olssen, MEH (2010) Politics and the Philosophy of Life: Toward a Normative Framework In: The right to life and the value of life. Ashgate Publishing, pp. 39-64. ISBN 0754677613

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Abstract

This paper argues that a philosophy of life can provide a new conception of the good which can provide a useful framework for the resolution of political and ethical disputes. Building off Nietzsche, Spinoza, Bergson, Foucault and Deleuze, it outlines what is central to life philosophy and how these thinkers can be represented as providing a new basis for normative political philosophy which avoids both mechanistic atomism and teleological organicism. It goes on to explain how such an approach was developed by economists such as J.A. Hobson in the welfare state liberal tradition in the early twentieth century and how life philosophy can be utilised to support a revised welfare liberalism today, re-establishing a revised post-Keynesianism as the basis of a global institutionalism for the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
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Olssen, MEHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2010
Uncontrolled Keywords : Law
Additional Information : Used by permission of the Publishers from ‘Politics and the philosophy of life: towards a normative framework’, in The Right to Life and the Value of Life edited by Jon Yorke (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 39–64. Copyright © 2010
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Feb 2014 13:46
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:42
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804207

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