Philosophical Perspectives on Law and Politics: Readings from Plato to Derrida

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Philosophical Perspectives on Law and Politics collects together some of the most significant writings by leading classical, modern, and contemporary philosophers. Consisting of original and substantial selections, the works gathered in this volume focus on the theoretical and normative issues raised by the intersection of law and politics. The authors are drawn from a variety of philosophical traditions, and reflect a wide range of opinion. Students, researchers, and nonspecialists will find this a convenient and useful guide to past and present debates in the interpretation of law and politics.
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Editorial Reviews

Paul Voice
This book brings together some of the most important philosophical writings on politics and law from Plato and Kant to Habermas and Derrida. The excerpts.are both accessible to modern readers and provocative in their content. Philosophical Perspectives on Law and Politics offers a collection of fifteen wisely selected readings and I believe it deserves a place on the bookshelves of every student of law, politics, and philosophy.
Ronald C. Slye
A valuable collection of thought on some of the most pressing problems facing students of politics, philosophy, law, development, and human rights. This book conveniently places in one collection some of the most important and interesting commentators on human society, philosophy, law, and human rights. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in engaging in some of the most pressing issues facing human society at the end of the twentieth century-issues with which this collection reminds us, human beings have grappled with for centuries, and with which we will assuredly continue to grapple into the next century and beyond.
The 15 selections provide students of political, social, and legal philosophy with a representative survey of the intersection of politics and law from a variety of western philosophical traditions in the classical, modern, and contemporary eras. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Artemus Ward
As the 21st century rapidly approaches, we continue to grapple with issues relating to the role of law and politics in society. Age-old questions about law's influence on individuals and their relationship to the wider political community continue to be debated not only in college classrooms but also in society as a whole. As a result, teaching courses in legal philosophy and political thought can be very challenging. With over two thousand years of western legal and political philosophy to choose from, instructors often have a difficult time knowing where to begin and what to include.

Fortunately, Patrick Hayden has culled together a group of classic readings by important philosophers that encompass a wide- range of perspectives on the role of law and politics in society. Hayden broadly divides the anthology into three chronological sections. Each selection ranges from twenty to forty pages in length and includes each author's original footnotes. This book would be best used as an undergraduate text for a course in legal philosophy or western political thought. One might also want to use it as a supplement in a class on law and politics or the judicial process. The books accessible yet probing selections are sure to provoke students for in-class discussions. And despite its minimalist approach, this anthology should prove interesting and challenging to the non-specialist.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Classical Reflections on the Nature of Law, Politics, and the Ideal State
1 Selections from the Republic 3
2 Selections from the Politics 43
3 Selections from the Summa Theologica 77
Pt. 2 The Advent of Modernity: Conceptions of Law, the Common Good, and Political Society
4 Selections from A Political Treatise 99
5 Selections from the Leviathan 115
6 Selections from The Second Treatise on Civil Government 143
7 Selections from The Spirit of the Laws 173
8 Selections from The Social Contract 205
9 The Principles of Political Right 229
10 Selections from the Philosophy of Right 245
11 Selections from The Principles of Morals and Legislation 269
Pt. 3 Beyond Modernity? The use and Abuse of Law and the Possibilities of Democracy and Justice
12 Ideology and Terror: A Novel Form of Government 295
13 The Domain of the Political and Overlapping Consensus 305
14 On the Internal Relation Between the Rule of Law and Democracy 327
15 Force of Law: The "Mystical Foundation of Authority" 337
Index 363
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