A Journal of Social and Political Theory

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Editor-in-Chief: Lawrence Hamilton

Theoria is an engaged, multidisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of social and political theory. Its purpose is to address, through scholarly debate, the many challenges posed to intellectual life by the major social, political and economic forces that shape the contemporary world. Thus it is principally concerned with questions such as how modern systems of power, processes of globalization and capitalist economic organization bear on matters such as justice, democracy and truth. How might such systems best be explained? In what do justice and freedom consist? How might these ends best be realized under the conditions both of advanced modernity and of uneven modernization in the 'developing' world? In what, precisely, do the problems of social and political identity consist, and how might sense best be made of phenomena such as resurgent ethnic nationalisms? And what, in addressing these concerns, is the scope of philosophy, art, literature, history, social and political theory and economics? These, among many others, are the kinds of questions by which Theoria is driven.

Although the compass of the journal is wide and any one issue may carry contributions in a diversity of fields, the editors have decided that the contents of each issue will be largely dictated by one or more governing themes. To secure contributions in good time, these themes will be announced well ahead of publication. Besides articles the editors would like to encourage communications from readers which are intended to further debate on topics addressed in the journal. The editors would also like to encourage a review essay tradition and maintain a book review/book note section.

"Theoria is a journal which does not shy from the daunting task of dealing with issues which are not only increasingly complex but for which we no longer can make easy appeal to the certainty of foundations to answer. It deals with global issues in an authentically global way - it is interdisciplinary and intercultural in the very best sense of those terms and it understands that theory is one of the most important practices in which we can engage."—Professor James Buchanan, Xavier University

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Is the idea of peace relevant for the age of asymmetrical warfare?

Subjects: Social and Political Theory, Literature, Philosophy, History

Current Issue

Number 140, September 2014



Egalitarian Liberalism: What Are Its Possible Futures in South Africa?
David Bilchitz and Daryl Glaser


Uncovering the Historic Strands of Egalitarian Liberalism in South Africa
Saul Dubow

Liberal Egalitarianism
Daryl Glaser

Egalitarian Liberalism, Distributive Justice and the New Constitutionalism
David Bilchitz

Exploring the Liberal Genealogy and the Changing Praxis of the Right of Access to Information: Towards an Egalitarian Realisation
Richard Calland

Liberalism, Colonialism and National Democracy
Peter Hudson


Freedom’s Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life by Axel Honneth
Chad Kautzer