Ian Shapiro investigates this political dilemma, evaluating answers that have been proposed in the utilitarian, Marxist, social contract, anti-Enlightenment, and democratic traditions.
"In The Moral Foundations of Politics, Shapiro reaffirms his place as one of the very clearest and most resolute, and most solidly grounded, practitioners in the political theory field in this generation."-Adolph Reed, Jr., New School for Social Research
"Blending sophisticated political science (including insightful rational choice calculations) with clarity that makes the book's subject accessible to neophytes, Professor Shapiro distills centuries of political theory into a slender volume."-Harvard Law Review
"A deeply valuable book at many levels. Shapiro shows an almost unique ability to combine the broad sweep with the telling detail or precise insight--just what a book of this sort needs."-Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Series:||The Institution for Social and Policy Studies Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Among his many books are Democratic Justice and, with Donald Green, Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory, both published by Yale University Press. He lives in New Haven, CT.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Professor Shapiro shows all the intriguing twists and turns of different philosophical traditions. More than being a useful survey of these traditions have been crucial in shaping our society, the book is by itself an enlightening work of philosophy. In addition, the lucid and elegant prose coupled with humourous hypotheticals make this book a healing pleasure whenever you need it.