The Individual and the Political Order: An Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy / Edition 3

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Written in an accessible yet sophisticated style, The Individual and the Political Order, Third Edition is a text appropriate for students at all levels. This thoroughly revised edition challenges its readers to critically respond to a sustained defense of liberalism. Additions include examinations of communitarian and feminist critiques of liberalism, discussions of hate speech regulations, responses to the most recent work of Rawls, and a study of humanitarian intervention efforts in other countries. An expanded and updated bibliography as well as new study questions for each chapter make this an extremely useful text.

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Editorial Reviews

Written for undergraduate students, this text explores various political philosophies within the context of different political debates in American society. Looking at liberalism; utilitarianism; communitarian and feminist critiques of liberalism; and the works of such thinkers as Hobbes, Mill, Locke, and Rawls, the authors examine debates on human rights, affirmative action, economic systems, and law and order to shed light on the broad principles of various philosophies. Throughout, the authors argue for their own brand of liberal philosophy while attempting to maintain strong presentations of opposing viewpoints. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847687800
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman E. Bowie is the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of University-Business Partnerships: An Assessment (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994) and the co-editor of Ethical Theory and Business 5th Edition (Prentice Hall), among others. He is the author of many articles on business ethics and related issues in applied ethics. Robert L. Simon is professor of philosophy at Hamilton College. He is author of Fair Play: Sports, Values, and Society (Westview) and Neutrality and the Academic Ethic (Rowman & Littlefield), as well as numerous articles on social and political philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Love It or Leave It? Individual Conscience and Political Authority 7
2 Utilitarianism 23
3 Human Rights: Meaning and Justification 41
4 Justice 67
5 Liberal Justice and Its Critics 101
6 Democracy and Political Obligation 117
7 Liberty 145
8 Law and Order 179
9 An Evaluation of Affirmative Action 201
10 Ethics and International Affairs 229
Postscript 253
Index 255
About the Authors 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    Incredible Tool for Teaching AND Learning!!

    Bowie and Simon have out done themselves with this latedt up date of a classic philisophical collection. Whether you are a high school debater, a college philosopher, or an adult with a passion for reading and increasing your knowledge!!

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