Readings in Social and Political Philosophy

Readings in Social and Political Philosophy

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This anthology of social and political philosophy combines extensive selections from classical works with significant recent contributions to the field, many of which are not easily available. The emphasis is on the liberal currents in modern Western political thought-variants of classical liberalism, modern liberalism, and libertarianism-with specific focus on differing concepts of political obligation, freedom, distributive justice, and representative democracy. Each chapter features selections from classical thinkers alongside writings by influential contemporary philosopers and political theorists, thus tracing the historical development and transformation of ideas. Among the classical authors represented in this collection are Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Mill. Modern philosophers include John Rawls, Isaiah Berlin, T.M. Scanlon, Robert Nozick, and Thomas Nagel.show more

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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 165.6 x 234.2 x 22.6mm | 746.47g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195095189
  • 9780195095180
  • 2,003,507

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"Excellent collection, both in editing of individual selections and in the relationship between classic and contemporary texts."--Jeffrey G. Seward, University of Texas at San Antonio (on the previous edition) "Excellent collection, both in editing of individual selections and in the relationship between classic and contemporary texts."--Jeffrey G. Seward, University of Texas at San Antonio (on the previous edition) "Excellent collection, both in editing of individual selections and in the relationship between classic and contemporary texts."--Jeffrey G. Seward, University of Texas at San Antonio (on the previous edition) "Excellent collection, both in editing of individual selections and in the relationship between classic and contemporary texts."--Jeffrey G. Seward, University of Texas at San Antonio (on the previous edition) "Excellent collection, both in editing of individual selections and in the relationship between classic and contemporary texts."--Jeffrey G. Seward, University of Texas at San Antonio (on the previous edition)show more

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This updated edition of a well-established anthology of social and political philosophy combines extensive selections from classical works with significant recent contributions to the field, many of which are not easily available. Its central focus is on the liberal currents in modern Western political thoughtvariants of classical liberalism, modern liberalism, and libertarianism - with specific emphasis on differing conceptions of political obligations, freedom, distributive justice, and representative democracy. The text is organized into four thematic sections: Political Obligation and Consent, Freedom and Coercion, Justice and Equality, and Democracy and Representation, making it easily accessible to students and other readers. Each chapter features selections from classical thinkers alongside writings by influential contemporary philosophers and political theorists, thus tracing the historical development and transformation of Western political thought on key issues in the field. Among the classical authors represented in this collection are Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Mill. Contemporary contributors include John Rawls, Isaiah Berlin, Thomas Scanlon, Robert Nozick, Thomas Nagel, Ronald Dworkin, and Hanna Pitkin. Each section is preceded by an introductory overview and followed by a helpful, current bibliography providing guides to further reading.show more

Table of contents

I. POLITICAL OBLIGATION AND CONSENT ; Crito ; Of the Original Contract ; Obligation and Consent, II ; The Principle of Fair Play ; II. FREEDOM AND COERCION ; Of the Liberty of Subjects ; Two Concepts of Liberty ; What's Wrong with Negative Liberty ; From On Liberty ; The "Open Society" and Its Fallacies ; Freedom of Expression and Categories of Expression ; Liberty and Harm to Others ; We Do Not Have a Right To Liberty ; III. JUSTICE AND EQUALITY ; From Discourse on the Origin of Inequality ; A Kantian Conception of Equality ; Distributive Justice ; Distributive Justice ; Liberty, Contract, and Contribution ; Equality ; Communitarian and Liberal Theories of the Good ; Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes, and Liberalism in Philosophy and Politics ; The Domain of the Political and Overlapping Consensus ; IV. DEMOCRACY AND REPRESENTATION ; From Considerations on Representative Government ; Open Government and Just Legislation: A Defense of Democracy ; A Paradox in the Theory of Democracy ; Democracy Without Preference ; Losing the Faith: Feminism and Democracy ; Political Representation ; Implementing Representation: A Framework and Two Applicationsshow more

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