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

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

by Norman E. Bowie, Robert L. Simon
 

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ISBN-10: 0847687805

ISBN-13: 9780847687800

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847687800
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
7.08(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.69(d)

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Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Love it or Leave it? Individual Conscience and Political Authority     9
Utilitarianism     29
Human Rights: Meaning and Justification     51
Justice     83
Liberty     105
Democracy     153
Liberal Political Theory and its Critics     183
Ethics and International Affairs     207
War, Morality, and Terrorism     235
Postscript     271
Index     273
About the Authors     279

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