On the importance of prudence in politics

By Brett Bourbon

Regardless of the various theoretical rejections and displacements of the concept of prudence in the history of ideas, prudential thinking remains a necessary element of political life, a necessity often most apparent when it is absent.

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Utopian exceptionalism, a danger to democracy, is back in fashion

by Brett Bourbon

Oppression is something terrible and we must strive to create a more just society, but that does not mean that we should organise our political thinking around imagined utopias, because the ideal of a world without power and without conflict, mixed with inquisitorial moralism and political exceptionalism, aggravates problems rather than resolving them. This is explained by Professor Brett Bourbon, of the University of Dallas, exclusively for Oikos, of whose scientific committee he is a member. We publish his article in both English and Italian.

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