Postnationalist Ireland: Politics, Literature, Philosophy by Richard Kearney

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The encroachment of globalization and calls for for better neighborhood autonomy have had a profound impact at the means we photo eire. This demanding new examine the main of sovereignty asks us how we must always take into consideration the id of a postnationalist' eire. Richard Kearney is going to the guts of the clash over call for for communal identification - ordinarily expressed by means of nationalism, and the call for for a common version of citizenship - usually expressed by way of republicanism. In so doing, he asks us to question no matter if the sacrosanct suggestion of absolute nationwide sovereignty is changing into a luxurious in poor health afforded within the rising new Europe. Kearney then takes us past the political with chapters on the effect of philosophers reminiscent of George Berkeley, John Toland and John Tyndall and appears at the various myths in Irish poetry and nationhood. Postnationalist eire presents a recasting of latest Irish politics, tradition, literature and philosophy and may attract scholars of those topics and Irish reports in most cases.

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16 To keep power fixed in one person or party was, he believed, to destroy the very life of the commonwealth. Harrington’s Oceana thus represented a radical challenge to the ‘Gothic’ formula of power confined to the one or few, together with the old feudal system of land tenure. Harrington is republican, therefore, to the extent that he promotes a state where the major portion of power lies in the people. 17 He opposes all forms of hereditary monarchy and, naturally, approves the deposition of Charles I by the Puritan Revolution.

Harrington’s Oceana thus represented a radical challenge to the ‘Gothic’ formula of power confined to the one or few, together with the old feudal system of land tenure. Harrington is republican, therefore, to the extent that he promotes a state where the major portion of power lies in the people. 17 He opposes all forms of hereditary monarchy and, naturally, approves the deposition of Charles I by the Puritan Revolution. 18 Harrington interprets this appeal to popular sovereignty in terms of the old republican maxim that government should be ‘of laws not of men’.

Neither monarchy nor aristocracy should be called republics. A free people, he insists, is one which selects its own form of government and its leader, repudiating the election of kings by blood lineage (I, 33–34). One who rules by oppressing the people is a tyrant, reducing citizens to the condition of servants. 5 Aristocracy does not merit the title of republic either, for here one simply replaces the tyrannical rule of the one with the tyrannical rule of the many. Elitist ‘factions’ are no more deserving of power than individual despots.

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