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Trump and Political Philosophy

Leadership, Statesmanship, and Tyranny

Editors: Torres, Angel Jaramillo, Sable, Marc Benjamin (Eds.)

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  • Uses political philosophy to provide the analytic tools for researchers to understand the deeper significance of contemporary eventsIncludes a range of representatives from across ancient, medieval, modern, classical liberal, and continental thought on the topics of leadership, statesmanship, and tyranny
  • Offers a diversity of contributors whose political leanings are liberal, conservative and radical
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This book aims to recover from ancient and modern thinkers valuable arguments about statesmanship, leadership, and tyranny which illuminate reassessments of political science and practice after the election of Donald Trump. Like almost everyone else, contemporary political scientists were blind-sided by the rise of Trump. No one expected a candidate to win who repeatedly violated both political norms and the conventional wisdom about campaign best practices. Yet many of the puzzles that Trump’s rise presents have been examined by the great political philosophers of the past. For example, it would come as no surprise to Plato that by its very emphasis on popularity, democracy creates the potential for tyranny via demagoguery. And, perhaps no problem is more alien to empirical political science than asking if statesmanship entails virtue or if so, in what that virtue consists: This is a theme treated by Plato, Aristotle, and Machiavelli, among others. Covering a range of thinkers such as Confucius, Plutarch, Kant, Tocqueville, and Deleuze, the essays in this book then seek to place the rise of Trump and the nature of his political authority within a broader institutional context than is possible for mainstream political science.

About the authors

Angel Jaramillo Torres is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Marc Benjamin Sable 
is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Bethany College in West Virginia, USA.

Reviews

“These essays address important subjects, ask many of the right questions, and treat writers and thinkers worthy of serious, sustained attention. … For this reason alone—but also for many others—these two volumes are welcome.” (Michael Anton, The Claremont Review of Books, Vol. 18 (04), Fall, 2018)​

“Bringing the wisdom contained within the history of political philosophy to bear on the shocking events of the past few years, these essays give us what we need most of all: illumination in place of obfuscation.” (Damon Linker, Senior Correspondent, The Week)

“Anyone who believes that philosophy has the ability and responsibility to reflect upon the concerns of the present will find these volumes utterly compelling.” (Jeffrey Bernstein, Professor, Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross, USA)

“Certainly we have had a plethora of books speaking about the rise of Trump... but there is nothing from this timeless perspective.” (Bryan Paul-Frost, Associate Professor, Political Science, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Leadership, Statesmanship and Tyranny: The Character and Rhetoric of Trump

    Pages 1-14

    Jaramillo Torres, Angel (et al.)

  • Truth, Trump, Tyranny: Plato and the Sophists in an Era of ‘Alternative Facts’

    Pages 17-32

    Miller, Patrick Lee

  • Portraits of Ignobility: The Political Thought of Xenophon, and Donald Trump

    Pages 33-49

    Karra, Ashok

  • Demagogy and the Decline of Middle-Class Republicanism: Aristotle on the Trump Phenomenon

    Pages 51-73

    Rubin, Leslie G.

  • Democracy, Demagogues, and Political Wisdom: Understanding Trump in the Wake of Thucydides’ History

    Pages 75-92

    Dobski, Bernard J.

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eBook $24.99
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Softcover $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08993-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trump and Political Philosophy
Book Subtitle
Leadership, Statesmanship, and Tyranny
Editors
  • Angel Jaramillo Torres
  • Marc Benjamin Sable
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74445-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74445-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08993-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 328
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