The Blackwell Guide to Social and Political Philosophy / Edition 1by Robert L. Simon
Pub. Date: 02/28/2002
The Blackwell Guide to Social and Political Philosophy brings together a collection of newly commissioned essays which examine fundamental issues in social and political theory. Written by leading social and political philosophers, each essay provides a history of the issue at hand and a judicious assessment of the main arguments that have been brought to/i>… See more details below
The Blackwell Guide to Social and Political Philosophy brings together a collection of newly commissioned essays which examine fundamental issues in social and political theory. Written by leading social and political philosophers, each essay provides a history of the issue at hand and a judicious assessment of the main arguments that have been brought to bear upon that issue.
The collection deals with traditional topics in social and political philosophy, such as liberty, authority, justice, and equality as well as with issues raised by diversity and pluralism within the democratic state. The contributors offer a sustained dialogue on the merits of liberal political theory and on the views of some of its critics. Each essay begins with an accessible introduction but develops into a philosophically acute evaluation of the issue in question.
The compilation is ideal as a self-standing text for an introductory or intermediate course in social and political philosophy.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.
Introduction: Social and Political Philosophy – Sorting Out the Issues: Robert L. Simon (Hamilton College).
Part I: Core Principles and the Liberal Democratic State:.
1. Political Obligation and Authority: A. John Simmons (University of Virginia).
2. Liberty, Coercion, and the Limits of the State: Alan Wertheimer (University of Vermont).
3. Justice: Christopher Heath Wellman (Georgia State University).
4. Equality: Richard J. Arneson (University of California at San Diego).
5. Preferences, Rationality, and Democratic Theory: Ann E. Cudd (University of Kansas).
Part II: Liberalism, Its Critics, and Alternative Approaches:.
6. Marx's Legacy: Richard W. Miller (Cornell University).
7. Feminism and Political Theory: Virginia Held (City University of New York Graduate School and Hunter College).
8. Liberalism and the Challenge of Communitarianism: James P. Sterba (University of Notre Dame).
9. Liberal Theories and Their Critics: William Nelson (University of Houston).
Part III: Pluralism, Diversity, and Deliberation:.
10. Deliberative Democracy: James S. Fishkin (University of Texas at Austin).
11. Citizenship and Pluralism: Daniel M. Weinstock (University of Montreal).
12. The New Enlightenment: Critical Reflections on the Political Significance of Race: A. Todd Franklin (Hamilton College).
13. Religion and Liberal Democracy: Christopher J. Eberle (Concordia University-River Forest).
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