The Individual and the Political Order: An Introduction to Social and Political Philosophyby Norman E. Bowie, Robert L. Simon
This fourth edition of The Individual and the Political Order provides a careful, accessible, and reasoned liberal justification for the democratic state and political authority. The central feature of liberalism is the commitment to individual autonomy. The authors show how that commitment provides a defense of democracy, and they give a liberal interpretation to such core values as liberty equality, and political authority. Although the authors support liberal theory, they also provide a sympathetic treatment of the critics of liberalism. The authors give a sound explanation of such positions as feminist political theory, communitarianism, and postmodernism, but they also argue persuasively that these theories fall short as adequate theories of the political order. A significant feature of the new edition is the treatment of international issues and globalization, particularly the war on terrorism and poverty in the third world.
This edition retains its balanced treatment of such major theorists as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Rawls, and, new for this edition, Marx. Here the tradition continues of readability balance, and careful argumentation that characterized the earlier editions. The Individual and the Political Order is accessible to a wide audience and to individuals who are interested in how citizens in a state should be governed. New to this edition! Discussion of the nature and moral evaluation of terrorism, New chapter on just war theory and its critics, including assessment of the Bush doctrine of preventive war, Expanded discussion of external critics of liberalism such as Marx, the communitarians, and postliberal feminists, Extended analysis of issues of globaldistributive justice and globalization, Additional presentation of liberal perspectives and fuller engagement with recent discussions of liberal theory, such as multiculturalism and assimilation.
About the Author:
Norman E. Bowie is the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Minnesota
About the Author:
Robert L. Simon is the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College
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Meet the Author
Norman E. Bowie is the Elmer L Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Minnesota. He is the author or editor of 15 books and over 75 scholarly articles in business ethics, political philosophy and related fields. His most recent book is Management Ethics. Robert L. Simon is the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College. He is the author of Fair Play: Values and Sport and Neutrality and the Academic Ethics as well as many articles in ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of sport.
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