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Appearances of Ethos in Political Thought

The Dimension of Practical Reason

By Sophia Hatzisavvidou

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Addressing a gap in political thought, this book examines the interplay between ethos and practical reason in everyday life. It suggests that the burgeoning literature on the ‘ethotic’ dimension of democracy leaves untreated the issue of practical reason and how it infuses political judgment and action.

Hardback ISBN: 9781783483129 Release date: Aug 2016
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Pages: 180


What sort of ethos does democratic politics demand? While many political thinkers argue that democratic ethics should shape political judgments, the concept of ethos remains underdeveloped.

Appearances of Ethos responds to this gap in three ways. It begins by identifying the contours of the concept as it has appeared in political thought. Then drawing on ancient philosophers such as Heraclitus and Protagoras, and contemporary thinkers such as Heidegger, it makes the case for a world-affirming ethos that can animate individual and collective political action. The book then develops an original interpretation of the ancient concept of metis– the skill and craft of practical political reasoning – showing how this is a vital part of contemporary democratic political action. Such resourcefulness, the book argues, is essential for anyone who – faced by contemporary political, social, and environmental challenges – seeks to create possibilities for action in the name of a more just and equitable life.

Acknowledgements / Prologue / 1. Mapping Ēthos / 2. Articulating Ēthos / 3. Recasting Ēthos / 4. Resourcefulness / 5. Dwelling Resourcefully / Epilogue / Index

Sophia Hatzisavvidou is Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Bath.

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With its sophisticated re-conceptualisation of ethos as a mode of dwelling in the world and the role it plays in generating social and political change, Sophia Hatzisavvidou’s Appearances of Ethos in Political Thought is an indispensable original contribution to the debates surrounding democracy, agonism, and new forms of radical politics.

David S. Moon, Lecturer in Politics, University of Bath

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