'Philip Pettit, in his new book, does not disappoint the academic political philosophy reader ... he develops a more general metaphysics of social and political life. This is a somewhat novel move in contemporary political philosophy. To find someone prepared to address systematically and optimistically social and political metaphysics and ontology is definitely of interest ... the enterprise of the book seems eminently worthwhile, much of the text is stimulating
and gives pause for thought.'
Andrew Vincent, Australian National University, Canberra and University of Wales, Cardiff, Utilitas 'Pettit's book is dense with explanation and argument, all of it thoughtfull and careful, much of it liable to interest those concerned with the relevant issues. A host of pertinent topics are discussed. The book is very clearly written and well organised. ... this book represents a serious attempt to deal with a wide range of important issues and to connect these issues together.'
Margaret Gilbert. University of Connecticut. Mind vol. 103. Oct '94 'Pettit's book is unambiguously analytic in its argumentative strategies, but displays a depth of purpose and a scope of reference that is quite untypical of the genre. The Common Mind forms an impressive structure of interconnected argument.'
Times Higher Education Supplement `a book to dip into for good ideas, interesting suggestions and, just possibly, long-distance connections between apparently unrelated issues'
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