Political Philosophy

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The most recent addition to the Fundamentals of Philosophy Series, Political Philosophy is a concise yet thorough and highly engaging introduction to the essential problems of the discipline. Organized topically and presented in a straightforward manner by an eminent political philosopher, A. John Simmons, it investigates the nature and basis of political authority and the structure and organization of political life. Each chapter focuses on a central problem, considers how it could be addressed, and outlines the various philosophical positions surrounding it. Covering both historical and contemporary work, this unique text offers a survey of major concepts and debates while also reflecting the author's views and contributions. Accessible to novices yet also useful for advanced students, Political Philosophy presents a unified and accessible portrait of the issues that have been puzzling political philosophers for years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195138016
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Series: Fundamentals of Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     ix
Morals and Politics     1
Political Philosophy     1
Moral Philosophy     3
Political Society     6
The Problems of Political Philosophy     8
Ideal and Non-ideal     11
The Book     13
States?     15
Why Have Political Societies?     15
Justifying the State     18
Hobbesian Games     24
Anarchist Doubts     33
Obligations     39
The Problem of Political Obligation     39
Justifying Obligation     45
Associations, Transactions, and Natural Duties     49
Anarchism Again     62
Justice     67
Justice in Political Philosophy     67
Utility and Equality     72
Rawls on Justice     77
Merit and Entitlement     88
Critical Traditions     94
Democracy     105
Justifying Democracy     105
Democracy and Obligation     112
Majorities and Representatives     118
Participation and Deliberation     124
The World of States     128
An International State of Nature?     128
Legitimacy and Territoriality     134
Self-Determination and Secession     143
Intervention and Assistance     149
Notes     158
Index     176
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