Political Theory: Tradition and Diversity

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This book presents work from leading scholars on key debates in contemporary political theory. Topics include the relationship between history and theory; utilitarianism and rational choice; republicanism; problems of difference, multiculturalism and postcolonial theory; debates in current legal theory and international politics; hermeneutics; feminism; communitarianism and poststructuralism. The essays reflect the state of political theory today, but also contemplate the state of the discipline more broadly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521575003
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction Andrew Vincent; 1. Political theory and conceptual change Terence Ball; 2. Poltical theory and the problem of anachronism Conal Condren; 3. Utilitarianism as a public philosophy Robert E. Goodin; 4. Rational choice political theory Geoffrey Brennan; 5. Republican political theory Philip Pettit; 6. Liberalism multiculturalism and oppression Chandran Kukathas; 7. Postcolonialism and political theory Duncan Ivison; 8. Legal positivism and political power Tom D. Campbell; 9. Political theory international theory and the political theory of international relations David Boucher; 10. Method matters: feminism interpretation and politics Elizabeth Frazer; 11. Deleuze and Guattari's political philosophy Paul Patton; 12. The object of political theory Barry Hindness.

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