Political Philosophy: All That Matters

Political Philosophy: All That Matters

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What is political philosophy? A philosophical study of political ideas such as authority, freedom, justice and democracy? An inquiry into the best form of government? An attempt to rationally justify forms of authority? Johanna Oksana asks exactly these questions as she opens this brilliant new guide to political philosophy.

Rather than attempting to provide the reader with a definite answer, the book invites readers to recognize many of the issues encountered in everyday life as political, the outcome of human practices that incorporate power relations, social norms and obligations. it suggests that political philosophy should be understood as an open-ended, critical project that to some extent concerns everyone.

The book employs an original structure which will be a huge help to both students and general readers seeking to understand the topic. Each chapter, which moves chronologically from antiquity to the twentieth century, focuses on selected classic texts in political philosophy, which are briefly introduced and analysed. The texts then function as a springboard for a discussion of central contemporary issues in political philosophy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 130 x 178 x 10mm | 234g
  • John Murray Learning
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444174371
  • 9781444174373
  • 784,196

Table of contents

: Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?
: Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?
1: Democracy and its Dangers
1: Democracy and its Dangers
2: Political Animals
2: Political Animals
3: Secrets and Lies
3: Secrets and Lies
4: The Social Contract and the Emergence of the State
4: The Social Contract and the Emergence of the State
5: Theories of Justice
5: Theories of Justice
6: The Enlightenment
6: The Enlightenment
7: Liberty
7: Liberty
8: Marxism and Anarchism
8: Marxism and Anarchism
9: The Traumas and Promises of Twentieth-Century Politics
9: The Traumas and Promises of Twentieth-Century Politics
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About Johanna Oksala

Jonanna Oksala is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, and has previously been Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee. She specialises in political philosophy, particularly that of Foucault.
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