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After Utopia: The Decline of Political Faith

Judith N. Shklar


After Utopia was the author's first book, a harbinger of her renowned career in political philosophy. Throughout the many changes in political thought during the last half century, this important work has withstood the test of time. The book explores the decline of political philosophy, from Enlightenment optimism to modern cultural despair, and offers a critical, creative analysis of this downward trend. It looks at Romantic and Christian social thought, and shows that while the present political fatalism may be unavoidable, the prophets of despair have failed to explain the world they so dis ... More

Keywords: political philosophy, political thought, Christian social thought, Romantic social thought, political fatalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691200859
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691200859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith N. Shklar, author