Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jun 26, 2003 - Philosophy - 160 pages
24 Reviews
This book introduces readers to the concepts of political philosophy. It starts by explaining why the subject is important and how it tackles basic ethical questions such as 'how should we live together in society?' It looks at political authority, the reasons why we need politics at all, the limitations of politics, and whether there are areas of life that shouldn't be governed by politics. It 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. David Miller discusses why nations are the natural units of government and whether the rise of multiculturalism and transnational co-operation will change this: will we ever see the formation of a world government? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Review: Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #97)

User Review  - Alex Venditti - Goodreads

A good introduction to the sorts of questions and ideas that are involved in political philosophy. Read full review

Review: Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #97)

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

A decent and clearly written intro for the rote beginner, but it is overly simple for anyone with any social sciences or philosophy background at all. Also, the author's own beliefs are on display ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
List of illustrations
Chapter 1Why do we need political philosophy?
Chapter 2Political authority
Chapter 3Democracy
Chapter 4Freedom and the limits of government
Chapter 5Justice
Chapter 6Feminism and multiculturalism
Chapter 7Nations states and global justice
Further reading
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

David Miller is Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford, and an Official Fellow of Nuffield College. He has written books and articles on many aspects of political theory and philosophy. In 2002 he was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy. He lives in Oxford and is married with three children.

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