Social and Political Philosophy

Social and Political Philosophy : A Contemporary Introduction

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This accessible and user-friendly text will prove invaluable to any student coming to social and political philosophy for the first time. It provides a broad survey of fundamental social and political questions in modern society, as well as clear, accessible discussions of the philosophical issues central to political thought.
Topics covered include: the foundations of political authority, the nature and grounds of economic justice, the limits of tolerance, considerations of community, race, gender, and culture in questions of justice, and radical critiques of current political theories.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.81mm | 408g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0415217989
  • 9780415217989
  • 726,025

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements 1: Introduction Part I: Basic Issues Within the Liberal Paradigm 2: The Problem of Political Authority 3: Distributive Justice 4: Toleration, Pluralism, and the Foundations of Liberalism Part II: Critique of the Liberal Paradigm: Challenges and Departures 5: Conservatism, Communitarianism, and The Social Conception of the Self 6: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Identity 7: Radical Critique: Marxism and Post-Marxism
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Review quote

"John Christman has a wonderful grasp of the large layout of the field and of the detailed positions within it. He writes with tremendous clarity. It was a joy to read. I can't recommend the book more highly."
-Michael Morgan, Indiana University
""Social and Political Philosophy is an excellent overview of the analytical tradition of the topic and should generate important discussion on the most basic and challenging issues in political philosophy."
-"Dialogue, October 2004
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