Social and Political Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

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Overview

Social and Political Philosophy introduces some of the most important topics in contemporary political philosophy and questions whether these can be accommodated within the framework of liberal theory. It consists of specially written essays by prominent figures in social and political philosophy. Each essay carefully considers both the theoretical and practical problems of a major topic. Traditional perspectives are balanced with new challenges. Topics include:
* Moral Methodology
* Libertarianism
* Socialism
* Lesbian and Gay Perspectives
* Feminism
* Racial and Multicultural Perspectives
* Rationality
* Welfare Liberalism
* Environmentalism
* Virtue Ethics and Community
* Just War Theory and Pacifism
* Civil Disobedience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415217965
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Pt. I Introduction 1
Justice for here and now 3
Pt. II Foundations of social and political philosophy 57
On the history, nature and disadvantages of warmaking philosophy 61
The rational justification of morality revisited 71
Theoretical versus practical rationality 77
Pt. II Alternative social and political perspective 89
4 Libertarian justice 93
5 Letting people be people and the right to property 115
6 What (welfare) justice owes care 129
7 Liberalism and freedom 151
8 Justice as a virtue 169
9 Justice, community, and the limits to autonomy 187
10 Socialism and egalitarian justice 205
11 Democratic egalitarianism 231
Pt. IV Challenges to social and political philosophy 247
12 Feminism and the objects of justice 251
13 Justice for here and now or there and then? 270
14 Routes to Lake Wobegon 289
15 Justice for Glenn and Stacy: on gender, morality, and gay rights 300
16 White supermacy and racial justice, here and now 321
17 The relationship between the justice of the state and the justice of persons 338
18 Enforcing environmental ethics: civic law and natural value 349
19 The moral status of nonhuman life 370
Pt. 5 The application of social and political philosophy to nonideal conditions 387
20 Pacifism for nonpacifists 391
21 The moral self in the face of injustice 409
Pt. V Conclusion 423
Toward reconciliation in social and political philosophy 425
Index 463
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