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Politics: Politics is the process of making decisions in groups. It is about how people come together to allocate resources, settle disputes, and make choices about how to live together. See also Democracy, Society.
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Terence Ball on Politics - Dictionary of Arguments

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Politics/Psychoanalysis/psychoanalytical interpretation/Ball: One can supply psychoanalytic interpretations not only of dreams but of all sorts of texts – including those in political theory. This has been done in the case of Machiavelli (Pitkin, 1984)(1), Edmund Burke (Kramnick, 1977)(2), Martin Luther (Erikson, 1958)(3) and Mahatma Gandhi (Erikson, 1969)(4), among others. I want to look, more particularly, at Bruce Mazlish’s (1975)(5) psychoanalytic interpretation of themes in the work of John Stuart Mill. Mill is most famous as the author of On Liberty (1859)(6) in which he argues in favour of a very wide sphere of personal freedom to live one’s life as one wishes, without undue interference from others, no matter how well-meaning those others may be.
BallVsMazlish: Mazlish interprets On Liberty less as a work of liberal political theory than as a cri de coeur and a declaration of personal independence that is more autobiographical than analytical (perhaps that’s what Nietzsche meant when he said that all theory is autobiography). This is not what Mill consciously intended; (...)
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1. Pitkin, Hanna Fenichel (1984) Fortune is a Woman: Gender and Politics in the Thought of Niccolo Machiavelli. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
2. Kramnick, Isaac (1977) The Rage of Edmund Burke. New York: Basic.
3. Erikson, Erik (1958) Young Man Luther. New York: Norton.
4. Erikson, Erik (1969) Gandhi’s Truth. New York: Norton.
5. Mazlish, Bruce (1975) James and John Stuart Mill: Father and Son in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Basic.
6. Locke, John (1960 [1690]) Two Treatises of Government, ed. Peter Laslett. Cambridge: Cambridge University

Ball, Terence. 2004. „History and the Interpretation of Texts“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.

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Ball, Terence
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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