The Cunning of Unreason by John Dunn
Making Sense of Politics

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John Dunn is the founding father of the Cambridge school, which introduced an approach to political theory that emphasizes the importance of historical context in the formation and interpretation of arguments and ideas. The Cunning of Unreason makes a powerful case for the application of the Cambridge school approach to the current political climate. Emphasizing the tempering influence of actual social and political circumstances, as well as the enduring relevance of great political thinkers from Aristotle to Marx, Dunn addresses contemporary debates about democracy, corruption, globalization, and the recent trend toward conservatism.

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John Dunn is a writer whose work has appeared in number magazines including The Golfer and Travel and Leisure Golf. For twenty years he worked as a caddy at golf courses around the world. His "research" for this book was collected over the years on courses and beaches and in bars all across the country and abroad.
Published January 6, 2008 by Basic Books. 416 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The contemporary meat in this sandwich of political science is Dunn's own take on the Thatcher years - her 'crusade against the tendency for every society's capacity for political agency to dissipate helplessly into endless factional squabbling and inanition...

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The promises of the modern democratic republic far exceed its performance, concludes political theorist Dunn in this very abstract discussion of fundamental political questions.

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