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Polity blog posts highlight new and recent books published by us, often with the comments and views of the authors themselves.

15AUG'19
Is man naturally good? Why is he corrupt within civil society? And how can political art overcome this corruption? This book seeks to account for these aspects of Rousseau’s “system”. All his moral and political writings unfold from a few major intuitions drawn from his first feelings of injustice and… Read More
By Quassim Cassam How can you not be a conspiracy theorist? It is a fact that people sometimes conspire and history books are full of stories of conspiracies by politicians and others. If you believe these obvious truths, doesn’t that make you a conspiracy theorist? Not exactly. The conspiracy theories… Read More
By Axel Bruns

Filter bubbles and echo chambers have become very widely accepted concepts – so much so that even Barack Obama referenced the filter bubble idea in is farewell speech as President. They’re now frequently used to claim that our current media environments – and in particular social media … Read More

By Helen Beebee and Michael Rush It’s not clear why you’d want to avoid philosophy, but if you do, well, good luck! You’ve probably already been in more than one situation today with a philosophical dimension, or on which a bit of philosophical reflection could have shed light. Philosophy is… Read More
By David Buckingham

In the last couple of years, the utopian ideas that inspired the pioneers of networked digital technology – and fuelled countless marketing campaigns – have given way to a growing disillusionment. Technology is increasingly being seen as a threat, not just to democracy but also to our … Read More

By Brian Orend I’m happy to blog here about my latest book, War and Political Theory. I was excited to be asked by Polity to be one of the very first titles in their new series: “…and Political Theory.” The possibilities are quite endless, and I get… Read More
Ken Plummer speaks about his new book.

I guess I’ve been writing about stories in different ways, largely in the field of Critical Sexualities Studies, since the mid 1970s: and I have also felt personally the importance of storytelling in my life. Stories of my ‘coming out’ experiences when I … Read More

By Paddy Scannell

Why do people sing? There is no reason. We do not have to. The wonder of singing is a joy, a blessing in itself. Something like this I try to explain in the fourth and last chapter of my short book.

The other three chapters all lead … Read More

by Stephen Hetherington What is epistemology? It’s about knowledge – but in a special way. It’s about the very idea of knowing. It doesn’t assume that whatever people accept as being knowledge, for instance, is knowledge. Perhaps most people haven’t thought enough about knowledge’s nature. Perhaps different people would describe… Read More
A good game of football shares many aesthetic qualities with art: it involves individual prowess, extraordinary skill and moments of great drama. Seeing Messi execute a virtuoso dribble, or Ozil craft the perfectly weighted through ball, can be beautiful. Lucas Moura’s last-gasp goal for Tottenham against Ajax in the Champions… Read More
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