An Introduction to Political Philosophy

An Introduction to Political Philosophy

by Colin Bird
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521836255

ISBN-13: 9780521836258

Pub. Date: 02/01/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to political philosophy. Combining discussion of historical and contemporary figures, together with numerous real-life examples, it covers an unusually broad range of topics in the field, including the just distribution of wealth, both within countries and globally; the nature and justification of political authority;…  See more details below

Overview

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to political philosophy. Combining discussion of historical and contemporary figures, together with numerous real-life examples, it covers an unusually broad range of topics in the field, including the just distribution of wealth, both within countries and globally; the nature and justification of political authority; the meaning and significance of freedom; arguments for and against democratic rule; the problem of war; and the grounds for toleration in public life. It also offers an accessible, non-technical discussion of perfectionism, utilitarianism, theories of the social contract, and recently popular forms of critical theory. Throughout, the book challenges readers to think critically about political arguments and institutions that they might otherwise take for granted. It will be a provocative text for any student of philosophy and political science.

About the Author:
Colin Bird is Associate Professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia. He is author of The Myth of Liberal Individualism (1999)

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521836258
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy Series
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.75(d)

Related Subjects

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction     1
Politics and justification     11
The puzzle of justification     13
The common good     33
Utilitarianism     47
The social contract     67
Topics in political philosophy     97
Property and wealth     99
Economic justice     125
Authority     154
Liberty     176
Democratic rule     201
War     223
Living with difference     251
Radical criticism     277
Bibliography     297
Index     305

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >