Engaging Political Philosophy: From Hobbes to Rawls / Edition 1

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Engaging Political Philosophy investigates the political philosophies of Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Mill, Rawls, and Marx and reveals the scope and limits of the philosophical tradition they helped to forge.

  • Investigates the political philosophies of Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Mill, Rawls, and Marx.
  • Reveals the scope and limits of the philosophical tradition they helped to forge.
  • Provides a cohesive narrative about modern political philosophy.
  • Serves as both an accessible introduction and an interesting, original interpretation of ideas that have influenced our society.
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"Engaging Political Philosophy is recommended for teachers wanting to learn with students willing to discover. This scholarly text sheds fresh light on enduring political issues and stimulates readers to become intellectually and politically engaged with primary sources. It proves that teaching the classics of modern political philosophy is alive and well." Thomas W Simon, Illinois State University

"Levin's collection would be a fine supplement to an advanced survey course in modern political philosophy. It would also provide particularly valuable insights for nonspecialists preparing to teach such a course." Ethics, October 2003

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631222293
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/16/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Levine is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of many books and articles in social and political philosophy, most recently Rethinking Liberal Equality (1998).

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Table of Contents


What is Political Philosophy?.

Great Transformations.




Part I: Hobbes.

The State of Nature.

The Problem.

Rational Agency.

A Prisoners' Dilemma.

A Monitoring Problem.

The Social Contract.

Hobbesian Justice.

The Sovereign.

Hobbes and Liberalism.

Hobbes's Conservatism.

Hobbesian Statism.


Part II: Rousseau.

Rousseau's Contractarianism.

A Digression.

The Social Contract.


Rousseau and Liberalism.

Political Obligation.

Discovering the General Will.

Into Politics.


Part III: Locke.


The State.


The State and Society.

The Minimal State.

Political Legitimacy.

Representative Government.


Part IV: Mill.

Mill's Reformism.

What Utilitarianism Is.

Problems for Utilitarians.

"The Permanent Interests of Man as a Progressive Being".

The Principle of Liberty.

Freedom of Speech.

Experiments in Living.

In Defense of Liberty.

Appendix: Repressive Tolerance.


Part V: Rawls.

The Problem of Justice.


Rawls's Principles.

The Original Position.

The Case for the Principles.

Political Liberalism.


Part VI: Marx.

The Young Marx.

Philosophy of History.

The Criticism of Religion.

The Critical Program.

Alienated Labor.

Marx in Transition.

The State.


Marx's Politics.

Appendix: The Primacy Thesis.





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