Political Philosophy and Its Public Role

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in Talking Politics

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081349 | DOI:
Political Philosophy and Its Public Role

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This chapter focuses on Bhikhu Parekh’s work as a political philosopher. It begins with his definition of political philosophy and his views on the subject, as well as the possible public role of political philosophy. The discussion moves to the normative dimension of political philosophy and the distinguishing features of political philosophy and political science. Besides, Parekh talks about his book on Marx, which focuses mostly on Marx’s theory of ideology, and his critique of liberalism and Jeremy Bentham. Here he explains why liberalism is closed off to other traditions and reveals the presence of cultural essentialism in both modern liberalism and globalization. Besides, the chapter also discusses Hannah Arendt’s approach to political philosophy and Parekh’s stand in relation to liberalism.

Keywords: political philosophy; normative dimension; Marx; theory of ideology; liberalism; Jeremy Bentham; cultural essentialism; globalization; Hannah Arendt

Chapter.  8975 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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