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

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

by Patrick Hayden
     
 

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

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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. Topics treated in this book include the nature and scope of law; the relationship of law to different political systems; the role of law with respect to justice; law and violence; and democracy and the rule of law. Students, researchers, and nonspecialists will find this a convenient and useful guide to past and present debates in the interpretation of law and politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820442822
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
Teaching Texts in Law and Politics Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364

Meet the Author

The Editor: Patrick Hayden is the author of Multiplicity and Becoming: The Pluralist Empiricism of Gilles Deleuze (Peter Lang, 1998), and articles on contemporary philosophy, ethics, and political theory.

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1Classical Reflections on the Nature of Law, Politics, and the Ideal State
1Selections from the Republic3
2Selections from the Politics43
3Selections from the Summa Theologica77
Pt. 2The Advent of Modernity: Conceptions of Law, the Common Good, and Political Society
4Selections from A Political Treatise99
5Selections from the Leviathan115
6Selections from The Second Treatise on Civil Government143
7Selections from The Spirit of the Laws173
8Selections from The Social Contract205
9The Principles of Political Right229
10Selections from the Philosophy of Right245
11Selections from The Principles of Morals and Legislation269
Pt. 3Beyond Modernity? The use and Abuse of Law and the Possibilities of Democracy and Justice
12Ideology and Terror: A Novel Form of Government295
13The Domain of the Political and Overlapping Consensus305
14On the Internal Relation Between the Rule of Law and Democracy327
15Force of Law: The "Mystical Foundation of Authority"337
Index363

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