First published in 1986. Nations have a unity often described as 'cultural'; and within them there are divergences some of which are termed 'political'. But culture and politics do not, therefore, comprise two wholly distinct zones or orders of experience, the one marked by unity, the other by plurality. Unity and plurality interpenetrate.
These insights, which derive from the thinking of Herder, have been fundamental to the work of F. M. Barnard. In this volume a number of scholars contribute, in Barnardian vein, reflections on the tensions between unity and plurality in the history of ideas. The central underlying question is, in essence, ’what is the context of political life?’ The question remains of more importance than any single answer.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Heine’s ‘Various Concepts of History’ Hanna Spencer 2. Unity and Diversity in Politics: Cassirer’s Mythic Mode Revisited Willard A. Mullins 3. The Fatherland in Machiavelli Anthony Parel 4. Rousseau: Will and Politics J. M. Porter 5. A Public Goods Approach to the Theory of The General Will David Braybrooke 6. The Rise and Fall of Marxist Ideology in Communist Countries Eugene Kamenka 7. The Decline of Utopian Ideas in the West Isaiah Berlin 8. Moral Pluralism and the Liberal Mind Richard Vernon 9. Pluralism, Community and Human Nature Caroline McCulloch and Geraint Parry 10. Frederick M. Barnard: A Bibliography Janet Menard; Index
J.M. Porter, Richard Vernon