Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will: The Political Philosophy of Kai Nielsen
Kai Nielsen is one of Canada's most distinguished political philosophers. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has published more than 400 papers in political philosophy, ethics, meta-philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He has engaged much of the best work in Anglophone political philosophy," shedding light on many of the central debates and controversies of our time but throughout has remained a unique voice on the political left.
Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will presents a thoughtful collection of Nielsen's essays complemented by an extended reflective interview with Nielsen. This collection allows the reader to grasp the systematic scope of his thought and methodology.
- Publisher: University of Calgary Press
- Page Count: 520 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.0in
Rondel and Sager exhibit great tact and ingenuity in their editing?It is clear that they possess great familiarity with Nielsen?s work . . . Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will will remain a hugely informative, supremely readable thought-provoking anthology of a highly influential political philosopher.
-Karolina Wisniewski, Dialogue
Kai Nielsen's Political Philosophy: A Critical Introduction and Overview
Metaphilosophy: Critical Theory and Wide-Reflective Equilibrium
On Finding One's Feed in Philosophy: From Wittgenstein to Marx
Metaphilosophy, Pragmatism and a Kind of Critical Theory: Nielsen and Rorty
On There Being Wide Reflective Equilibria: Why It Is Important to Put It In the Plural
The Global Crisis of Values: The Poverty of Moral Philosophy
Egalitarianism and Socialism
On the Choice Between Reform and Revolution
Justice and Modes of Production: Allen Wood's "The Marxian Critique of Justice"
Class and Justice
Radical Egalitarian Justice: Justice as Equality
Radical Egalitarianism Revisited: On Going beyond the Difference Principle
Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Global Justice
Is Global Justice Impossible?
Liberal Nationalism, Liberal Democratic, and Secession
World Government: A Cosmopolitan Imperative?
An Interview with Kai Nielsen on Political Philosophy
Selected Writings by Kai Nielsen