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Overview

"A deep and provocative discussion of some of the most fundamental issues in political philosophy, written crisply, with candor, in a style that I find very winning. It is a most useful book, and a very good one."—Carl Cohen, author of Communism, Fascism, and Democracy

"A provocative and engrossing introduction to current questions of political legitimacy, consent, deliberative democracy, the basis of majority rule, workers collectives, etc., that have been taken up by contemporary political theorists."—Georgia Warnke, author of Justice and
Interpretation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520215733
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 135
  • Sales rank: 630,414
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Paul Wolff is Professor of Philosophy and Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts. Among his books are About Philosophy (1998), The Ideal of the University (1992), The Autonomy of Reason (1990), Kant's Theory of Mental Activity (1990), and Moneybags Must Be So Lucky (1988).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1998 Edition
Preface
1 The Conflict Between Authority and Autonomy
1 The Concept of Authority 3
2 The Concept of Autonomy 12
3 The Conflict Between Authority and Autonomy 18
2 The Solution of Classical Democracy
1 Democracy Is the Only Feasible Solution 21
2 Unanimous Direct Democracy 22
3 Representative Democracy 27
4 Majoritarian Democracy 38
3 Beyond the Legitimate State
1 The Quest for the Legitimate State 69
2 Utopian Glimpses of a World Without States 78
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