An Introduction to Political Philosophy

An Introduction to Political Philosophy

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This book looks at the central problems involved in political philosophy and the various past attempts to solve these problems. What would life be like without the state, for example? What justifies the state? Who should rule? How much liberty should the citizen enjoy? How should property justly be distributed? Jonathan Wolff looks at these stimulating questions in the light of works like Plato's "Republic", Hobbes' "Leviathan", Locke's "Two Treatises of Government", Rousseau's "Social Contract", Mill's "On Liberty", Marx's "Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts", and Rauls' "Theory of Justice", and considers the debates which have developed between various philosophers. In this final chapter, he also considers more recent issues, particularly that of feminist political theory.show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 129.8 x 197.1 x 17.5mm | 212.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192892517
  • 9780192892515

About Jonathan Wolff

Jonathan Wolff teaches in the Philosophy Department at University College, London.show more

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superb ... the best introduction to political philosophy that I've ever seen Dr Dudley Knowles, Department of Philosophy, Glasgow University He writes with an enviable clarity and even-handedness. Alan Ryan 'This book is the ideal introduction to the subject and should be widely read. It is a book I wish I had written.' Political Studiesshow more

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Undoubtedly the best short introduction to political philosophy currently available, this book demonstrates the continuing relevance of the work of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx and Mill. Clear and stimulating, it presupposes no prior knowledge of philosophy. (Kirkus UK)show more

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