Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will

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Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will

Kai Nielsen is one of Canada's most distinguished political philosophers. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has published more than 400 papers in political philosophy, ethics, meta-philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He has engaged much of the best work in Anglophone political philosophy, shedding light on many of the central debates and controversies of our time but throughout has remained a unique voice on the political left.

Pessimism of the Intellect , Optimism of the Will: The Political Philosophy of Kai Nielsen presents a thoughtful collection of Nielsen's essays complemented by an extended reflective interview with Nielsen. This collection allows the reader to grasp the systematic scope of his thought and methodology.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Full title page 4
Copyright page 5
Table of Contents 6
PREFACE 8
SOURCES 10
INTRODUCTION: Kai Nielsen’s Political Philosophy: A Critical Introduction and Overview 12
PART1 - METAPHILOSOPHY: CRITICAL THEORY AND WIDE-REFLECTIVE EQUILIBRIUM 44
1: On Finding One’s Feet in Philosophy:From Wittgenstein to Marx 46
2: Metaphilosophy, Pragmatism, and a Kind of Critical Theory: Nielsen and Rorty 60
3: On There Being Wide Reflective Equilibria:Why It Is Important toPut It in the Plural 86
4: The Global Crisis of Values:The Poverty of Moral Philosophy 120
PART II - EGALITARIANISM AND SOCIALISM 168
5: On the Choice betweenReform and Revolution 170
6: Justice and Modes of Production: Allen Wood’s “The Marxian Critique of Justice” Revisited 196
7: Class and Justice 212
8: Radical Egalitarian Justice:Justice as Equality 238
9: Radical Egalitarianism Revisited:On Going beyond the Difference Principle 258
PART III - COSMOPOLITANISM, NATIONALISM,AND GLOBAL JUSTICE 308
10: Is Global Justice Impossible? 310
11: Liberal Nationalism, Liberal Democracies, and Secession 346
12: Cosmopolitan Nationalism 394
13: World Government:A Cosmopolitan Imperative? 418
Afterword: An Interview with Kai Nielsenon Political Philosophy 446
Selected Writings by Kai Nielsen 482
Bibliography 490
Index 514
Back Cover 522