Handbook of Political Theory

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Gerald F Gaus, Chandran Kukathas
SAGE, Aug 21, 2004 - Philosophy - 448 pages
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`This volume combines remarkable coverage and distinguished contributors. The inclusion of thematic, conceptual, and historical chapters will make it a valuable resource for scholars as well as students' -

Professor George Klosko, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

This major new Handbook provides a definitive state-of-the-art review to political theory, past and present. It offers a complete guide to all the main areas and fields of political and philosophical inquiry today by the world's leading theorists.

The Handbook is divided into five parts which together serve to illustrate:

- the diversity of political theorizing

- the substantive theories that provide an over-aching analysis of the nature/or justification of the state and political life

- the political theories that have been either formulated or resurgent in recent years

- the current state of the central debates within contemporary political theory

- the history of western political thought and its interpretations

- traditions in political thought outside a western perspective.

The Handbook of Political Theory marks a benchmark publication at the cutting edge of its field. It is essential reading for all students and academics of political theory and political philosophy around the world.

  

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Contents

Ideology Political Theory and Political Philosophy
3
History and the Interpretation of Texts
18
Straussian Approaches to the Study of Politics
31
Postmodern Approaches to Political Theory
46
Positive Political Theory
57
POLITICAL THEORIES
73
A Future for Marxism?
75
Liberalism Political and Comprehensive
89
The Political Theory of the Welfare State
210
Distributive Justice
223
Pluralism and Liberalism
239
Nationalism and Multiculturalism
250
New Social Movements
265
Feminism and Gender Theory The Return of the State
277
Political Theory and International Relations
289
THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT
301

The Diversity of Comprehensive Liberalisms
100
Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism The Liberty Tradition
115
Conservative Theories
131
Democratic Political Theory
143
Discourse Theory
155
Communitarianism and Republicanism
167
Green Political Theory A Report
180
THE MODERN STATE
193
The Modern State
195
Ancient Greek Political Thought
303
Premodern Chinese Political Thought
320
Medieval Political Theory
338
Political Theory of the Renaissance and Enlightenment
353
Modern Islamic Political Thought
367
European Political Thought in the Nineteenth Century
380
Political Thought in Continental Europe during the Twentieth Century
395
English Political Theory in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
410
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Gerald F. Gaus is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and President of the International Economics and Philosophy Society. He is the author of Value and Justification: The Foundations of Liberal Theory (1990) and The Modern Liberal Theory of Man
(1983).

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