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Keith Breen
Queen's University, Belfast
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    Freedom, Republicanism, and Workplace Democracy.Keith Breen - 2015 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 18 (4):470-485.
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    Work and Emancipatory Practice: Towards a Recovery of Human Beings' Productive Capacities.Keith Breen - 2007 - Res Publica 13 (4):381-414.
    This article argues that productive work represents a mode of human flourishing unfortunately neglected in much current political theorizing. Focusing on Habermasian critical theory, I contend that Habermas’s dualist theory of society, with its underpinning distinction between communicative and instrumental reason, excludes work and the economy from ethical reflection. To avoid this uncritical turn, we need a concept of work that retains a core emancipatory referent. This, I claim, is provided by Alasdair MacIntyre’s notion of ‹practice’. The notion of ‹practice’ (...)
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  3. Violence and Power: A Critique of Hannah Arendt on the `Political'.Keith Breen - 2007 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (3):343-372.
    In contrast to political realism's equation of the `political' with domination, Hannah Arendt understood the `political' as a relation of friendship utterly opposed to the use of violence. This article offers a critique of that understanding. It becomes clear that Arendt's challenge to realism, as exemplified by Max Weber, succeeds on account of a dubious redefinition of the `political' that is the reverse image of the one-sided vision of politics she had hoped to contest. Questioning this paradoxical turn leads to (...)
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    Truce Thinking and Just War Theory.Keith Breen - 2017 - Journal of Global Ethics 13 (1):14-27.
    In his book, A Theory of Truces, Nir Eisikovits offers a perceptive and timely ethics of truces based on the claim that we need to reject the ‘false dichotomy between the ideas of war and peace’ underpinning much current thought about conflict and conflict resolution. In this article, I concur that truces and ‘truce thinking’ should be a focus of concern for any political theory wishing to address the realities of war. However, Eisikovits’s account, to be convincing, requires engagement with (...)
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    Recognitive Arguments for Workplace Democracy.Onni Hirvonen & Keith Breen - forthcoming - Constellations.
  6. Law Beyond Command? : An Evaluation of Arendt's Understanding of Law.Keith Breen - 2012 - In Marco Goldoni & Christopher McCorkindale (eds.), Hannah Arendt and the Law. Hart Pub.2.
     
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  7. Agonism, Antagonism and the Necessity of Care.Keith Breen - 2008 - In Andrew Schaap (ed.), Law and Agonistic Politics. Ashgate Pub. Company.
  8. Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse, and Argument.Keith Breen, Frank Canavan, Gerard Casey, Heike Felzmann, Thomas Gil, Karsten Harries, Richard Hull, Sebastian Lalla, Elizabeth Langhorne, Thomas Nisters, Felix O'Murchadha & Fran O'Rourke - 2012 - Lexington Books.
    This book treats practical and political reasoning as an active engagement with the world and other people; it cannot be understood as exclusively cognitive and this is seen as a virtue rather than a deficiency. Informal, emotional, characterological, aesthetic and interactional aspects of thought can be constituents of reasonable arguing. The work examines key capacities connected with argumentation, in a variety of fields from professional and medical ethics to work organization and the practice of art.
     
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    Pragmatism, Critique, Judgment: Essays for Richard J. Bernstein.Keith Breen - 2006 - Contemporary Political Theory 5 (3):340-342.
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    The State, Compartmentalization and the Turn to Local Community: A Critique of the Political Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre.Keith Breen - 2005 - The European Legacy 10 (5):485-501.
    Alasdair MacIntyre condemns modern politics, specifically liberalism and the institutions of the liberal state, as irredeemably fallen. His core argument is that the liberal state encourages a disempowering ?compartmentalization? of people's everyday roles and activities that undermines the intersubjective conditions of human flourishing. MacIntyre's alternative is an Aristotelian politics centred on the notion of ?practice.? Defined by justice and solidarity, this politics can only be realized, he claims, within local communities which oppose and resist the dictates of the administrative state (...)
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    On the Brink of a New ‘Great Transformation’?Keith Breen - 2002 - Contemporary Political Theory 1 (1):115-118.
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    Alasdair MacIntyre and the Hope for a Politics of Virtuous Acknowledged Dependence.Keith Breen - 2002 - Contemporary Political Theory 1 (2):181-201.
    This paper seeks to evaluate the political dimensions to Alasdair MacIntyre's thought. It does so by examining his virtue ethics in light of the political vision set out in Dependent Rational Animals and elsewhere. Key to MacIntyre's project is a form of local community that challenges the modern market and nation-state. This challenge and its philosophical underpinnings situate him as a distinctive figure within contemporary democratic thought. Against his critics, a central claim is that MacIntyre does not fall foul either (...)
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    Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement.Keith Breen - 2006 - Contemporary Political Theory 5 (1):93-95.
  14. Philosophy and Political Engagement: Reflection in the Public Sphere.Keith Breen & Allyn Fives (eds.) - 2016 - Palgrave.
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    Under Weber's Shadow: Modernity, Subjectivity and Politics in Habermas, Arendt and Macintyre.Keith Breen - 2012 - Ashgate.
    Introduction -- Modernity, politics and Max Weber -- One-sided rationalization: Habermas on modernity, discourse and emancipation -- Critiquing Habermas: intersubjectivity, ethics and norm-free sociality -- The burden of our times: Arendt on modern oblivion and the promise of politics -- Judging Arendt: citizenship, action and the scope of politics -- The new dark age: MacIntyre on bureaucratic individualism and the hope for an ethical polity -- Engaging MacIntyre: flourishing, modernity and political struggle -- Closing reflections: ethics, politics and strategy in (...)
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