The Amor Mundi Book Club

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Stuck in? Locked down? Working from Home?


Don’t be down in lockdown! Pick up something from the Amor Mundi book-club reading list below, get all cosy and have a good think. This list includes some of the greatest works in the fields of Political Theory, Political Science, International Relations, Philosophy, Literature, Art and Film Theory. Here are some great ideas to get you thinking:


Amitav Acharya (2014) The End of American World Order, Cambridge: Polity Books.

Giorgio Agamben (1998) Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press

Hannah Arendt (1998) The Human Condition, 2nd Edition, Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press

David Armstrong (1993) Revolution and World Order: The Revolutionary State in International Society, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Roland Barthes (1993) Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, London: Penguin Random House.

Jamie Bartlett (2018) The People Vs Tech: How the internet is killing democracy (and how we    save it), London: Penguin Books. 

Seyla Benhabib (2004) The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents, and Citizens – The Seeley Lectures, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Henri Bergson (2001) Time and Free Will: An Essay on The Immediate Data of Consciousness, Mineola, NY: Dover Publications.

Isaiah Berlin (1998) The Proper Study of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc.

Richard J. Bernstein (2018) Why Read Hannah Arendt Now?, Cambridge: Polity Books.

James Bridle (2018) New Dark Age: Technology And The End of The Future, London: Verso.

Chris Brown (2014) International Society, Global Polity: An Introduction to International Political Theory, London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Judith Butler (2020) The Force of Non-Violence: An Ethico-Political Bind, London: Verso.

John D. Caputo (2018) Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information, London: Pelican Books.

Alasdair Cochrane (2019) Should Animals Have Political Rights?, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Simon Critchley (2017) What We Think About When We Think About Football, London: Profile Books.

Robert Dahl (2000) On Democracy, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Stephanie DeGooyer et.al (2018) The Right to Have Rights, London: Verso.

Gilles Deleuze (2005) Cinema I: The Movement Image, London: Continuum.

Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin (2018) National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, London: Pelican Books.


Elizabeth Frazer and Kimberly Hutchings (2019) Can Political Violence Ever Be Justified?, Cambridge: Polity Books.

Richard L. Hasen (2020) Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and The Threat To American Democracy, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

George Hawley (2019) The Alt-Right: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Éric Hazan (2015) A History of The Barricade, London: Verso.

Ernst H. Kantorowicz (2016) The King’s Two Bodies: A Study in Medieval Political Theology , Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

Michael Lewis (2018) The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy , London: Allen Lane.

Noel Malcolm (2007) Reason of State, Propaganda, and The Thirty Years’ War: An Unknown Translation By Thomas Hobbes, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright (2018) Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future, London: Verso.

David R. Mayhew (1977) Congress: The Electoral Connection, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Achille Mbembe (2019) Necropolitics, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Friedrich Meinecke (2017) Machiavellism: The Docrine of Raison d’Etat And Its Place in Modern History, Abingdon: Routledge.

Chantal Mouffe (2018) For a Left Populism, London: Verso.

Cas Mudde (2019) The Far Right Today, Cambridge: Polity Books.

John S. Nelson (2013) Popular Cinema as Political Theory: Idealism and Realism in Epics, Noirs, and Satires, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Adrian Pabst (2019) The Demons of Liberal Democracy, Cambridge: Polity Books.

Anne Phillips (2015) The Politics of The Human, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Michael J. Sandel (2020) The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of The Common Good?, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Giovanni Sartori (1976) Parties and Party Systems: A Framework For Analysis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Carl Schmitt (2006) Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Daren R. Shaw and John R. Petrocik (2019) The Turnout Myth: Voting Rates and Partisan Outcomes in American National Elections, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Quentin Skinner (2012) Liberty Before Liberalism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jonathan Sumption (2019) Trials of The State: Law and The Decline of Politics, London: Profile Books Ltd.

A.J.P. Taylor  (1991) The Origins of The Second World War, London: Penguin Books.

Zeynep Tufekci (2017) Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power And Fragility of Networked Protest, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Eric Voegelin (1987) The New Science of Politics: An Introduction, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Michael Walzer (2006) Arguing about War, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Michael Walzer (2016) The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Joshua Wong and Jason Y. Ng (2020) Unfree Speech: The Threat To Global Democracy and Why We Must Act Now, London: Penguin Books. 

Martin Wight (1995) Power Politics, London: Continuum.

 Slavoj Zizek (2020) Pandemic!: Covid-19 Shakes The World, London: OR Books. 

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