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Martin Beckstein
University of St. Gallen
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    What Does It Take to Be a True Conservative?Martin Beckstein - 2015 - .
    Is there any reason to discriminate among the rival claims self-proclaimed conservatives make for being truly conservative? This article argues that at least some of these claims can legitimately be dismissed by an independent third. Drawing on and critically interrogating the theories of conservatism provided by Huntington, Oakeshott, as well as Brennan and Hamlin, this article argues that many characterizations of conservatism mistake contingent circumstances explaining why people historically were or conceivably might be reluctant to promote social change for a (...)
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    Cosmopolitan Arrogance, Epistemic Modesty and the Motivational Prerequisites for Solidarity.Martin Beckstein - 2020 - Ethics and Global Politics 13 (3):139-146.
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  3. The Dissociative and Polemical Political: Chantal Mouffe and the Intellectual Heritage of Carl Schmitt.Martin Beckstein - 2011 - .
    In her more recent work, Chantal Mouffe enters into what she calls a 'dialogue' with Carl Schmitt on the political. So far, interpretations of this dialogue suggest that Mouffe attempts to revise Schmitt's friend/enemy-distinction and carve out a theory of agonistic pluralism. An interpretation on these grounds, this article argues, reduces the dialogue to its analytical dimension and cannot comfortably be upheld. Mouffe indeed appropriates Schmitt's friend/enemy-distinction, but she also gets inspired by the metatheoretical facet of his intellectual heritage with (...)
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    What Does It Take to Be a True Conservative?Martin Beckstein - 2015 - In .
    Is there any reason to discriminate among the rival claims self-proclaimed conservatives make for being truly conservative? This article argues that at least some of these claims can legitimately be dismissed by an independent third. Drawing on and critically interrogating the theories of conservatism provided by Huntington, Oakeshott, as well as Brennan and Hamlin, this article argues that many characterizations of conservatism mistake contingent circumstances explaining why people historically were or conceivably might be reluctant to promote social change for a (...)
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    Political Conservation, or How to Prevent Institutional Decay.Martin Beckstein - 2019 - Constellations 26 (4):623-637.
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    The Concept of a Living Tradition.Martin Beckstein - forthcoming - .
    Starting with Popper, social theorists across the board have acknowledged that traditions serve socially valuable functions. However, while traditions are usually understood as ‘living’ entities that come in overlapping varieties and evolve over time, the socially valuable functions attributed to tradition tend to presuppose invariability in ways of thinking and acting. Addressing this tension, this article provides a detailed analysis of the concept of tradition, and directs special attention to conceivable criteria for the authentic continuation of a tradition. It is (...)
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    Conservatism, Analytically Reconsidered.Martin Beckstein & Francis Cheneval - 2016 - Beckstein, Martin; Cheneval, Francis . Conservatism, Analytically Reconsidered. The Monist, 99:333-335.
    This special issue is motivated by the observation that conservatism plays a marginal role in contemporary philosophy even though it appears to be of considerable importance in moral, social, and political reality. One reason for this neglect is that defenders of conservatism have often refrained from articulating their arguments in a language that is acceptable to and understandable by analytically -trained philosophers. The contributions of this special issue show that conservatism can profitably be approached from the point of view of (...)
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    Traditions and True Successors: A Few Pragmatic Considerations.Martin Beckstein - unknown
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    Conservatism: Analytically Reconsidered.Martin Beckstein & Francis Cheneval - 2016 - The Monist 99 (4):333-335.
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    Addressing Ruben's "Internal and External Perspectives".Martin Beckstein - unknown
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    Comment on John E. Roemer.Martin Beckstein - 2013 - Analyse & Kritik 35 (1):65-69.
    On reflecting about the prospects of advancing the egalitarian cause in the United States, John Roemer makes the case for more traditional strategies than the coupon socialism model he advocated in earlier work. First of all, he suggests, an ethos of solidarity must be developed and the super-rich be subjected to higher taxation. This comment assesses this proposal. On the one hand it is discussed whether the ethos of solidarity Roemer calls for in order to counteract the culture of greed (...)
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  12. Egalitarian Political Economy Beyond Market Socialism. A Comment on John E. Roemer.Martin Beckstein - 2013 - .
    On reflecting about the prospects of advancing the egalitarian cause in the United States, John Roemer makes the case for more traditional strategies than the coupon socialism model he advocated in earlier work. First of all, he suggests, an ethos of solidarity must be developed and the super-rich be subjected to higher taxation. This comment assesses this proposal. On the one hand it is discussed whether the ethos of solidarity Roemer calls for in order to counteract the culture of greed (...)
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    John S. Dryzek, Deliberative Global Politics. Discourse and Democracy in a Divided World.Martin Beckstein - 2008 - .
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    Nation Building in Contemporary Germany. The Strange Transformation of Hitler’s “Word Made of Stone”.Martin Beckstein - 2013 - .
    This article examines the contending redefinitions of national identity in contemporary Germany's memorial culture, focusing particularly on the ensemble of monuments and parade fields known as the former Nazi Party rally grounds in Nuremberg. In a detailed case study, I analyse the recent conversion of one of the physical remnants of National Socialism – Albert Speer's transformer station – into a fast-food restaurant and interpret this conversion as a novel contribution to the discourse on German nationhood. I argue that the (...)
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    Political Consumer Activism and Democratic Legitimacy.Martin Beckstein - 2014 - .
    This article discusses consumer activism not as an ethical, but as a political phenomenon. A political concept of consumer activism implies, first, that consumers sometimes express support or opposition to products and services or consumer and business practices at least partly in order to advance nonmarket agendas, and, second, that consumer activism in the economic sphere occasionally has palpable impact on the organization of social life. Early contributors to the debate were optimistic that political consumer activism might be able to (...)
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    Review Of: A Companion to Michael Oakeshott – By Paul Franco and Leslie Marsh. [REVIEW]Martin Beckstein - 2014 - .
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    Review Of: The Cambridge Companion to Oakeshott by Efraim Podoksik . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. [REVIEW]Martin Beckstein - 2014 - .
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    Taming Antagonism and the Becoming-Other of Politics.Martin Beckstein - unknown
    To disentangle liberal democratic theory from its rationalism and orientation towards consensus, Chantal Mouffe recommends reviving Machiavelli’s argument about the institutionalization of conflict. Democracy, she argues, needs to establish a vibrant public sphere in which collective identities can openly contend with each other in an adversarial left/right format. Such an institutionalization of conflict is easily imaginable in the form of, and well known from, parliamentary party politics. But is it extendable to those extra-parliamentary forms of politics that increasingly appear to (...)
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  19. The Concept of a Living Tradition.Martin Beckstein - 2017 - European Journal of Social Theory 20 (4):491-510.
    Starting with Popper, social theorists across the board have acknowledged that traditions serve socially valuable functions. However, while traditions are usually understood as ‘living’ entities that come in overlapping varieties and evolve over time, the socially valuable functions attributed to tradition tend to presuppose invariability in ways of thinking and acting. Addressing this tension, this article provides a detailed analysis of the concept of tradition, and directs special attention to conceivable criteria for the authentic continuation of a tradition. It is (...)
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    The Politics of Economic Life.Martin Beckstein - 2015 - Routledge.
    In recent years, economic life has become increasingly politicized: now, every company has a ‘philosophy’, promising its customers some ethical surplus in return for buying their products; consumers shop for change; workers engage in individualized forms of employee activism such as whistleblowing; and governments contribute to the re-configuration of the economic sphere as a site of political contestation by reminding corporate and private economic actors of their duty to ‘do their bit’. The Politics of Economic Life addresses this trend by (...)
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