Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

by David Miller


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Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by David Miller

This Very Short Introduction introduces readers to the key concepts of political philosophy: authority, democracy, freedom and its limits, justice, feminism, multiculturalism, and nationality. Accessibly written and assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, it encourages the reader to think clearly and critically about the leading political questions of our time.

Miller first investigates how political philosophy tackles basic ethical questions such as 'how should we live together in society?' He furthermore looks at political authority, discusses the reasons society needs politics in the first place, explores the limitations of politics, and asks if there are areas of life that shouldn't be governed by politics. Moreover, he explores the connections between political authority and justice, a constant theme in political philosophy, and the ways in which social justice can be used to regulate rather than destroy a market economy.

In his travels through this realm, Miller covers why nations are the natural units of government and wonders if the rise of multiculturalism and transnational co-operation will change all this, and asks in the end if we will ever see the formation of a world government.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192803955
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 415,030
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)

About the Author

David Miller is Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford, and an Official Fellow of Nuffield College. In 2002 he was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsxi
1Why do we need political philosophy?1
2Political authority19
4Freedom and the limits of government55
6Feminism and multiculturalism92
7Nations, states, and global justice112
Further reading133

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