Ethics and Creativity in the Political Thought of Simone Weil and Albert Camus (Political Science S. v. 16)

Ethics and Creativity in the Political Thought of Simone Weil and Albert Camus (Political Science S. v. 16)

By: John Randolph LeBlanc (author)Hardback

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This work of political theory traces, for the first time in a book-length work, the critical development of the idea of creativity in politics through the intellectual relationship of Simone Weil and Albert Camus. Taken together, the work of Weil and Camus offers a prelude to the formulation of a self-consciously creative form of citizenship, critically respectful of established forms of political discourse and being, but willing to supplement or replace outdated forms with more appropriate ones. In this comparative analysis, creativity emerges as a basic reorientation to political phenomena. Their emphasis on the creative forces the analysis beyond their critiques of totalitarianism, where works on their political thought usually focus, revealing a shared need to assert a positive, non-dogmatic vision of political action.

About Author

John Randolph LeBlanc (PhD, Louisiana State University, 1997) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Tyler where he teaches political theory and American constitutional law. He has published scholarly articles on the intersection of politics and art in Literature and Theology, Southeastern Political Review, and Contemporary Political Theory as well as on the interplay of political theory and literary theory in Strategies: Journal of Theory, Politics, and Culture.


Preface; Introduction; 1. Knowing, Totality, and Politics: The Context of Politics, Epistemological Response; Weil - Decreation and Knowing; Camus - Methodical Doubt and Lucidity; 2. Power and Human Being: Weil-Power and Oppression; Camus and the Limits of Power; 3. Force, Agency, Abstraction, and the 'Other': Agency and Responsibility - "The Force that Kills..."; Abstraction and Ethic of Positive Force; 4. Work as Denial of the Creative: Marx, Work, Slavery, and Revolt; Artisanship and the Creative Reconception of Work; 5. Artistic Creation and Political Ethics: Weil's Political Artist - Beauty and Political Vision; Camus's Creative Politics - Beauty and Rebellion; 6. Home and the Integrity of the Individual: Weil - The Impersonal and Ethics; Camus - The Indomitable Men; Counter-Collectivity; Weil - Rootedness and the Problem of Patriotism; Camus - The Complexities of Home; 7. Reconciling Freedom and Justice: Weil - Justice and Consent; Camus - The Style of Freedom; 8. Conclusion - Sources and Possibilities of Creative Political Existence: Rational Character of Absolutist Rebellion; Response of Creative Politics; Creative Politics - Recognition of the Other; Bibliography; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780773465671
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780773465671
  • ISBN10: 0773465677

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