A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy / Edition 1

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An essential reference for anyone interested in this dynamic field, the new edition of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy is the most current and comprehensive resource available.

  • Expanded second edition brings together fifty-five chapters on current thinking in political philosophy
  • New contributors include some of today’s most distinguished scholars, among them Thomas Pogge, Charles Beitz, Michael Doyle and Antony Quinton
  • Provides in-depth coverage of contemporary philosophical debate in all major disciplines
  • Presents analysis of key political ideologies, including new chapters on Cosmopolitanism and Fundamentalism
  • Includes detailed discussions of major concepts in political philosophy, including virtue, power, human rights, and just war
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume does contemporary political philosophy proud.... the real quality of the volume like this is a function of its contributions, and the pieces here could hardly be bettered." Utilitas

"It will provide an unrivalled overview of the principal positions and debates in political philosophy over the past thirty years or so. It should establish itself as the standatd one-volume reader for some time to come." Daniel Weinstock, University of Montreal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631199519
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/1996
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series , #64
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Goodin is a Distinguished Professor jointly of Philosophy and of Social & Political Theory in the Research School of Social Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. General Editor of a 10-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Science and founding editor of Blackwell’s Journal of Political Philosophy, Goodin served as co-editor of the British Journal of Political Science and Associate Editor of Ethics.

Philip Pettit, formerly of the Australian National University, is now L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values in Princeton University. He works in moral and political theory and on background issues in philosophical psychology and social ontology.

Thomas Pogge is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and Professorial Fellow at the ANU Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. He is editor for social and political philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science.

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Table of Contents



Introduction 1

1. Analytical philosophy 7

2. Continental philosophy 39

3. History 72

4. Sociology 90

5. Economics 123

6. Political science 157

7. Legal studies 183

8. Anarchism 215

9. Conservatism 244

10. Feminism 269

11. Liberalism 291

12. Marxism 312

13. Socialism 333

14. Autonomy 359

15. Community 366

16. Contract and consent 379

17. Constitutionalism and the rule of law 394

18. Corporatism and syndicalism 404

19. Democracy 411

20. Dirty hands 422

21. Discourse 431

22. Distributive justice 438

23. Efficiency 462

24. Environmentalism 471

25. Equality 489

26. Federalism 508

27. International affairs 515

28. Legitimacy 527

29. Liberty 534

30. Power 548

31. Property 558

32. Republicanism 568

33. Rights 575

34. Secession and nationalism 586

35. Sociobiology 597

36. The state 611

37. Toleration and fundamentalism 622

38. Totalitarianism 629

39. Trust 638

40. Virtue 645

41. Welfare 651

Index 665

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