Readings in Social and Political Philosophy

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byRobert M. Stewart

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This updated edition of a well-established anthology of social and political philosophy combines extensive selections from classical works with significant recent contributions to the field, many of which are not easily available. Its central focus is on the liberal currents in modern Westernpolitical thought--variants of classical liberalism, modern liberalism, and libertarianism--with specific focus on differing conceptions of political obligation, freedom, distributive justice, and representative democracy. The text is organized into four thematic sections: Political Obligation and Consent, Freedom and Coercion, Justice and Equality, and Democracy and Representation, making it easily accessible to students. Each chapter features selections from classical thinkers alongside writings by influentialcontemporary philosophers and political theorists, thus tracing the historical development and transformation of Western political thought on key issues in the field. Among the classical authors represented in this collection are Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Mill. Contemporary contributorsinclude John Rawls, Isaiah Berlin, Thomas Scanlon, Robert Nozick, Thomas Nagel, Ronald Dworkin, and Hanna Pitkin. Each section is preceded by an introductory overview and followed by a helpful, current bibliography providing guides to further reading.

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This updated edition of a well-established anthology of social and political philosophy combines extensive selections from classical works with significant recent contributions to the field, many of which are not easily available. Its central focus is on the liberal currents in modern Western political thoughtvariants of classical libe...

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This updated edition of a well-established anthology of social and political philosophy combines extensive selections from classical works with significant recent contributions to the field, many of which are not easily available. Its central focus is on the liberal currents in modern Westernpolitical thought--variants of classical lib...

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This updated edition of a well-established anthology of social and political philosophy combines extensive selections from classical works with significant recent contributions to the field, many of which are not easily available. Its central focus is on the liberal currents in modern Western political thought- variants of classical li...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 6.5 × 9.25 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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I. Political Obligation and ConsentPlato: CritoJohn Locke: From Second Treatise of Civil GovernmentDavid Hume: Of the Original ContractHanna F. Pitkin: Obligation and Consent, IIA. John Simmons: The Principle of Fair PlayII. Freedom and CoercionThomas Hobbes: Of the Liberty of SubjectsIsaiah Berlin: Two Concepts of LibertyCharles Taylor: What's Wrong with Negative LibertyJohn Stuart Mill: From "On Liberty"Willmoore Kendall: The "Open Society" and Its FallaciesThomas M. Scanlon, Jr.: Freedom of Expression and Categories of ExpressionDavid Lyons: Liberty and Harm to OthersRonald Dworkin: We Do Not Have a Right To LibertyIII. Justice and EqualityJean-Jacques Rousseau: From Discourse on the Origin of InequalityJohn Rawls: A Kantian Conception of EqualityJohn Rawls: Distributive JusticeRobert Nozick: Distributive JusticeThomas K. Scanlon, Jr.: Liberty, Contract, and ContributionThomas Nagel: EqualityJeffrey Paul and Fred D. Miller, Jr.: Communitarian and Liberal Theories of the GoodSamuel Scheffler: Responsibility, Reactive Attitudes, and Liberalism in Philosophy and PoliticsJohn Rawls: The Domain of the Political and Overlapping ConsensusIV. Democracy and RepresentationJohn Stuart Mill: From Considerations on Representative GovernmentWilliam N. Nelson: Open Government and Just Legislation: A Defense of DemocracyRichard Wollheim: A Paradox in the Theory of DemocracyDavid M. Estlund: Democracy Without PreferenceSusan Mendus: Losing the Faith: Feminism and DemocracyHanna F. Pitkin: Political RepresentationBruce F. Cain and W.T. Jones: Implementing Representation: A Framework and Two Applications

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This updated edition of a well-established anthology of social and political philosophy combines extensive selections from classical works with significant recent contributions to the field, many of which are not easily available. Its central focus is on the liberal currents in modern Western political thoughtvariants of classical liberalism, modern liberalism, and libertarianism - with specific emphasis on differing conceptions of political obligations, freedom, distributive justice, and representative democracy. The text is organized into four thematic sections: Political Obligation and Consent, Freedom and Coercion, Justice and Equality, and Democracy and Representation, making it easily accessible to students and other readers. Each chapter features selections from classical thinkers alongside writings by influential contemporary philosophers and political theorists, thus tracing the historical development and transformation of Western political thought on key issues in the field. Among the classical authors represented in this collection are Plato, Hobbes, Lo

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"Stewart offers fine coverage of the themes, arguments, and writers necessary for a responsible undergraduate course."--James E. Bayley, The City College of New York