Moral and Political Philosophy: Key Issues, Concepts and Theories

Paperback | June 15, 2008

byPaul Smith

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Paul Smith provides a clear and concise introduction to moral and political philosophy. His first four chapters consider arguments about controversial and topical practical issues -- drug laws, justifications of punishment, civil disobedience and whether there is a duty to obey the law, and global poverty. The next four chapters examine key concepts in moral and political theory -- liberty, reasons for laws that limit liberty (harm to others, offence, harm to self, and harmless wrongdoing) , rights, equality and social justice. Finally he provides incisive critical examinations of key moral and political theories -- moral relativism, utilitarianism, Kantian moral philosophy, and Rawls`s theory of justice, together with libertarian and egalitarian criticisms of Rawls.

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Paul Smith provides a clear and concise introduction to moral and political philosophy. His first four chapters consider arguments about controversial and topical practical issues -- drug laws, justifications of punishment, civil disobedience and whether there is a duty to obey the law, and global poverty. The next four chapters examin...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.53 × 5.47 × 0.62 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230552765

ISBN - 13:9780230552760

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