ISBN 9780719060885,Beyond Hegemony: Towards a New Philosophy of Political Legitimacy

Beyond Hegemony: Towards a New Philosophy of Political Legitimacy

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Manchester University Press

Publication Year 2005

ISBN 9780719060885

ISBN-10 0719060885


Number of Pages 200 Pages
Language (English)

Medical physics

Since the Enlightenment, liberal democratic governments in Europe and North America have been compelled to secure the legitimacy of their authority by constructing rational states whose rationality is based on modern forms of law. The first serious challenge to liberal democratic practices of legal legitimacy comes in Marx's early writings on Rousseau and Hegel. In addition to examining Marx's critique of Kant, Hegel, and liberalism, Schecter investigates the reasons for the authoritarianism and breakdown of state socialist governments in Russia and elsewhere claiming to put Marx's ideas on democracy and equality into practice.