Introduction to Political Philosophy
Written mainly as a text book, but also for the general reader, this book aims to provide an introduction to the subject of political philosophy. All important past political philosophers make their appearence in the text including Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx and John Stuart Mill. Contemporary philosophers such as Rawls, Dworkin and Nozick are also included. The book introduces 12 central political concepts - power, the state, sovereignty, law, authority, justice, equality, rights, property, freedom, democracy and the public interest. Each of these topics are analyzed, theories about them explained, and problems discussed.
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action anarchism anarchist aporias argument Aristotle assumption autonomy basic choices claim classic texts collective decision-making common concepts conceptual analysis consent conservatism conservative contrast deliberative democracy democracy discussion distinction distribution Dworkin economic equality of opportunity ethics fascism feminism further G.A. Cohen Goodin & Pettit Hayek Hobbes human idea ideal ideology individual institutions interests jure authority labour liberalism liberty principle Locke Locke's logical Marx Marx's marxist matter means Mill Mill's moral natural law negative freedom normative Nozick Oakeshott particular person Plamenatz Plato polis political authority political philosophy political theory positive freedom practical problem produce rational Rawls reason reflective equilibrium relationships relevant representative democracy requires rule self-ownership sense social social contract socialist society sovereignty specific substantive theories T.H. Green theorists theory of justice tradition utilitarian wants and preferences Wolff