An Introduction to Political Philosophy / Edition 1

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THIS BOOK INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO MANY OF THE CENTRAL TOPICS OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND IN THE PROCESS TO MANY OF ITS MOST DISTINGUISHED FIGURES FROM PLATO TO JOHN RAWLS. BY ORGANIZING HIS BOOK AROUND MAJOR ISSUES, WOLFF PROVIDES THE STRUCTURE THAT BEGINNERS NEED. HE ALSO INTRODUCES SOME DISTINCTIVE IDEAS OF HIS OWN, ESPECIALLY ON SUCH MATTERS AS THE OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY, THE PERSUASIVENESS OF ANARCHISM, AND THE LIMITS OF THE RIGHT TO SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOUR.
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"A lucid and enviably clear introduction to some of the most important questions of political philosophy...The book is written in a style that manages to be chatty without being irritating, something not often achieved by professional philosophers aspiring to write for a general or student audience."—Matt Matravers, International Journal of Philosophical Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192892515
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Wolff is Professor of Philosophy at University College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The State of Nature 6
2 Justifying the State 37
3 Who Should Rule? 68
4 The Place of Liberty 115
5 The Distribution of Property 147
6 Individualism, Justice, Feminism 196
Guide to Further Reading 223
Index 233
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