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An Introduction to Political Philosophy

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy

  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108423434

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  • Now revised and updated and containing several entirely new chapters, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to political philosophy. It discusses historical and contemporary figures and covers a vast range of topics and debates, including immigration, war, national and global economics, the ethical and political implications of climate change, and the persistence of racial oppression and injustice. It also presents accessible, non-technical discussions of perfectionism, utilitarianism, theories of the social contract, and the Marxian tradition of social criticism. Real-life examples introduce students to ways of using philosophical reflection and debates, and open up new perspectives on politics and political issues. Throughout, this book challenges readers to think critically about political arguments and institutions that they might otherwise take for granted. It will be a vital and provocative resource for any student of philosophy or political science.

    • Features updates throughout the book to reflect new developments in the field, including several new chapters
    • Provides clear, non-technical, real-world examples and gives guidance on further reading
    • Helps students to think about politics in a modern, non-partisan and philosophical way
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108423434
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Politics and Critical Morality:
    1. Forms of political criticism
    2. The common good
    3. Classical utilitarianism
    4. Utilitarian critical morality: implications and problems
    5. The social contract
    6. Contractualism 2.0
    Part II. Topics in Political Philosophy:
    7. Property and wealth
    8. Economic justice
    9. The significance of borders
    10. Responsibility for the environment
    11. War
    12. Liberty
    13. Democratic rule
    Part III. Changing the World: Ideal Futures and Past Injustices:
    14. Critical enlightenment, ideology, and materialism
    15. Ideal theory, race and reparation.

  • Author

    Colin Bird, University of Virginia
    Colin Bird is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Myth of Liberal Individualism (Cambridge, 1999), and his work has also appeared in numerous major academic journals including Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, The American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Polity, and The European Journal of Philosophy.

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