Political Hypocrisy: The Mask of Power, from Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond, Revised Edition

Political Hypocrisy

The Mask of Power, from Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond, Revised Edition
Edition number: 2, New edition
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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No. of pages:300 pages
Size:203x133 mm
Weight:266 g
Illustrations: 1 b/w illus.
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"David Runciman's great achievement is to take the notion of hypocrisy, well-known as a term of moral disapprobation, and to relocate it as a central concept in the history of rational liberal discourse. This illuminating, wide-ranging, and subtle study presents the exposing of hypocrisy, and its simultaneous retention, as an uncomfortable and largely deliberate feature of the writings of some major political theorists and disputants from Hobbes to the present, and argues persuasively and with characteristic elegance that hypocritical deception is necessarily embedded in political life and language."--Michael Freeden, University of Oxford

"To say [Runciman] is a fan of hypocrisy is an understatement. He loves it, studies it, defines and cross-references it, deploring those who fail to see its virtues in binding together the social contract."--Simon Jenkins,Sunday Times

"A fascinating, stimulating read. It treats an issue of immediate political interest in a subtle and engaging way, finding in the history of political liberalism a wealth of insights relevant to contemporary politics. Anyone discussing political hypocrisy in the future will have to deal with this book."--Bryan Garsten, Yale University

"David Runciman's Political Hypocrisy is a superb, beautifully written book on a crucial topic, unmatched in the field and likely to shape it for a long time to come. I was consistently surprised and enlightened by its arguments."--Andrew Sabl, University of California, Los Angeles

"A deep and thought-provoking work."--New York Observer

"In the excellentPolitical Hypocrisy, British journalist David Runciman uses the 2008 campaign to test his thesis that hypocrisy and anti-hypocrisy are joined in a ?discrete system' and that our obsession with this antagonistic tango is making modern politics impossible."--D.N. Ghosh,Economic and Political Weekly

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