An Introduction to Political Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview


What would life be like without the state? What justifies the state? Who should rule? How much liberty should the citizen enjoy? How should property be justly distributed? This book examines the central problems involved in political philosophy and the past attempts to respond to these problems. Jonathan Wolff looks at the works of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and Rawls (among others), examining how the debates between philosophers have developed, and searching for possible answers to these provocative questions. His final chapter looks at more recent issues, particularly feminist political theory.
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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: 9780199296095
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/23/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 307,287
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.50 (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
2. Justifying the State
3. Who Should Rule?
4. The Place of Liberty
5. The Distribution of Property
6. Individualism, Justice, Feminism
Guide to Further Reading

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