An Introduction to Political Philosophy

An Introduction to Political Philosophy

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Why should some have the right to political power? What would happen without government? How much power should the state have? This is the ideal introduction to political philosophy, combining clarity and a conversational style with a thought provoking account of the central questions in political philosophy. Wolff explores the subject through a series of enduring and timeless questions, jumping centuries and millennia to explore the most influential answers and demonstrate the relevance of political philosophy for an understanding of contemporary issues. The eagerly anticipated new edition has been updated to include the on-going developments in theorising about race, sexual orientation, disability multiculturalism and global justice.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 141 x 214 x 13mm | 304g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0199658013
  • 9780199658015
  • 25,944

About Jonathan Wolff

Jonathan Wolff is Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at University College London. His work has largely concentrated on issues of distributive justice, with a particular interest in the relationship between theory and policy.show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; GUIDE TO FURTHER READINGshow more

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Jonathan Wolff's An Introduction to Political Philosophy is still the best introduction to the subject that I know. It guides the reader through deep questions in a way that is clear, approachable and thought-provoking. Profes sor Michael Rosen, Department of Government, Harvard University, USA All credit to the author, who emerges as the sort of person who would be welcome at anyone's dinner party. Dr Mark Garnett, Lancaster University, UK This is one of the very best introductions to political philosophy. It is informal yet in no way dumbed down, and it conveys the importance and interest of political philosophy to students. Dr James Hampshire, University of Sussex, UK "This is an excellent introductory text because of the admirable clarity, elegance, and accessibility of its prose. The book is very well conceived and covers the most important figures and problems in a deft and thoughtful manner." Dr James Skidmore, Idaho State University, USAshow more

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Jonathan Wolff's An Introduction to Political Philosophy is still the best introduction to the subject that I know. It guides the reader through deep questions in a way that is clear, approachable and thought-provoking. Profes sor Michael Rosen, Department of Government, Harvard University, USAshow more

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