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Modern Political Thought

ISBN: 978-0-631-14224-9
412 pages
August 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
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A stimulating introduction to central issues of political theory, including liberty, rights and the state, and the claims of need and politics.
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Table of Contents


1. Shaking the Foundations of Political Theory.

2. Human Nature and Political Theory.

3. Liberalism, Rights and Justice.

4. Utilitarianism.

5. The Claims of Need and Politics.

6. Liberty, Interests and Morality.

7. Rights and the State.

8. Justice, Punishment and the State.

9. Political Philosophy on Dover Beach: Reasoning, Context and Community.



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Author Information

Raymond Plant was Stanton Lecturer 1989-90 and 1990-91 at the University of Cambridge, and Sarum Lecturer 1990-91, University of Oxford.
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The Wiley Advantage

* Emphasizes contemporary debates.
* Situates these debates against the historical background.
* Examines theoretical issues in a practical context.
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"The book is at all times 'accessible' to beginning students of political theory." Australian Journal of Political Science
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