Social Sciences || Politics & International Relations
Author: Dudley Knowles
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-18788-1
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-18788-3
No of pages : 408
eBook Price : $41.95
Originally Published : 5 Jul 2001
This comprehensive introduction to the major thinkers and topics in political philosophy explores the philosophical traditions which continue to inform our political judgements.
Dudley Knowles introduces the ideas of key political thinkers including Hobbes, Locke, Marx and Mill and influential contemporary thinkers such as Berlin, Rawls and Nozick. He outlines central problems in political philosophy and encourages the reader to critically engage with all the issues discussed.
The individual chapters discuss and analyse:
Political Philosophy is ideally suited to students taking introductory courses in political theory and philosophy.
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Table of contents : Preface 1. Introduction: the methods of ethics and political philosophy; political philosophy 2. Utilitarianism: the foundations of utilitarianism; utilitarian political philosophy 3. Liberty: introduction; analysis; the value of freedom; free states and free citizens; conclusion 4. Rights: introduction; analysis and definition; the justification of rights 5. Distributive Justice: entitlement; human needs; equality of what?; John Rawls' theory of justice; the communitarian challenge 6. Political Obligation: the problems; anarchism and communitarianism; consent and contract; the benefits of good government; conclusion 7. Democracy: introduction; Rousseau: freedom, equality and the general will; direct and representative democracy; democracy and majority tyranny; democracy, deliberation and disagreement
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