Political Theory and Praxis was first published in 1977. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital techlogy to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.Nine distinguished contributors--philosophers and political scientists at universities and colleges in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia--write essays for this volume in political philosophy. The book is dedicated to the memory of Hannah Arendt, the writer and philosopher who died in 1975. The contributors discuss various aspects of the concepts of theory and practice and their interrelationship. All of the essays were written expressly for this volume. In an introduction, Professor Ball, the volume editor, tes that the essays reflect the diversity of conceptions of theory, of practice, and of their conceptual and practical interrelations, and that the contributors explore various ways and byways of approaching the age-old questions of theory and its relation to practice.Part I: Origins On the History of 'Theory' and 'Praxis', Nicholas Lobkowicz; Creatures of a Day: Thought and Action in Thucydides, J. Peter Euben; Plato and Aristotle: The Unity Versus the Automy of Theory and Practice. Terence Ball.Part II: Developments Kant on Theory and Practice, Carl Raschke; Theory and Practice in Hegel and Marx: An Unfinished Dialogue, Peter Fuss; The Unity of Theory and Practice: The Science of Marx and Nietzsche, Edward Andrew.Part II: Dilemmas and New Directions Hannah Arendt: The Ambiguities of Theory and Practice, Richard J. Bernstein; Rebels, Beginners, and Buffoons: Politics as Action, Raymond L. Nichols; How People Change Themselves: The Relationship between Critical Theory and Its Audience, Brian Fay
Terence Ball moved to Arizona State University in 1998 after 26 years at the University of Minnesota. Professor Ball holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He has held visiting professorships at the University of California - San Diego and Oxford University. In addition to many articles in scholarly journals and books, he is the author of Civil Disobedience and Civil Deviance, Transforming Political Discourse, Reappraising Political Theory, Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal (with Richard Dagger), and a mystery novel, Rousseau's Ghost. Among the books he has edited or co-edited are Political Theory and Praxis, After Marx, Political Innovation and Conceptual Change, Idioms of Inquiry, Conceptual Change and the Constitution, Environmental Encyclopedia, The Federalist, and the Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Political Thought.