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Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology, 2nd Edition

Robert E. Goodin (Editor), Philip Pettit (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3064-6
772 pages
September 2005, ©2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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This authoritative collection of the seminal texts in post-war political philosophy has now been updated and expanded.

  • Reprints key articles, mainly unabridged, touching upon the nature of the state, democracy, justice, rights, liberty, equality and oppression.
  • Includes work from politics, law and economics, as well as from continental and analytic philosophy.
  • Now includes thirteen additional texts, taking account of recent developments in the field and reflecting the most pressing concerns in international affairs.
  • Can be used alongside A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing, 1993; second edition in preparation) as the basis for a systematic introduction to the subject.
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Preface.

Part I: State & Society.

1 The State: Quentin Skinner.

2 State simplification: James C. Scott,.

3 The Social Contract as Ideology: David Gauthier.

4 The Fraternal Social Contract: Carole Pateman.

5 Invoking Civil Society: Charles Taylor.

Part II: Democracy.

6 The Public Sphere: Jürgen Habermas.

7 Procedural Democracy: Robert A. Dahl,.

8 Preferences and Politics: Cass R. Sunstein.

9 The Market and the Forum: Three Varieties of Political Theory: Jon Elster.

10 Deliberation and Democratic Legitimacy: Joshua Cohen.

11 Dealing with Difference: From a Politics of Ideas to a Politics of Presence: Anne Phillips.

Part III: Justice.

12 Justice as Fairness: John Rawls.

13 Distributive Justice: Robert Nozick.

14 Chance, Choice and Justice: Brian Barry.

15 The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self : Michael Sandel.

16 Polity and Group Difference: A Critique of the Ideal of Universal Citizenship: Iris Marion Young.

17 Superseding Historic Injustice: Jeremy Waldron.

Part IV: Rights.

18 Are There Any Natural Rights? : H. L. A. Hart.

19 Taking Rights Seriously: Ronald M. Dworkin.

20 Basic Rights: Henry Shue.

21 A Defense of Abortion: Judith Jarvis Thomson.

22 Justice and Minority Rights: Will Kymlicka.

23 Human Rights as a Common Concern: Charles R. Beitz.

Part V: Liberty.

24 Two Concepts of Liberty: Isaiah Berlin.

25 What's Wrong with Negative Liberty?: Charles Taylor.

26 A Third Concept of Liberty: Quentin Skinner.

27 Are Freedom and Equality Equal?: G. A. Cohen.

28 Liberal Pluralism and Constitutional Democracy: The Case of Freedom of Conscience: William A. Galston.

29 Homelessness and the Issue of Freedom: Jeremy Waldron.

Part VI: Equality.

30 The Idea of Equality: Bernard Williams.

31 Equality or Priority?: Derek Parfit.

32 Equality of What?: Amartya Sen.

33 Complex Equality: Michael Walzer.

34 Justice Engendered: Martha Minow.

35 Egalitarianism and the Undeserving Poor: Richard Arneson.

Part VII: Oppression.

36 Power, Right, Truth: Michel Foucault.

37 Racism, Sexism and Preferential Treatment: Richard Wasserstrom.

38 “Mistresses of Their Own Destiny”: Group Rights, Gender and Realistic Rights of Exit: Susan Moller Okin.

39 “Dependency” Demystified: Inscriptions of Power in a Keyword of the Welfare State: Nancy Fraser and Linda Gordon.

40 Bearing the Consequences of Belief: Peter Jones.

Part VIII: International Affairs.

41 Just War: The Case of World War II. Part I. The Justice of the Present War Examined: G. E. M. Anscombe.

42 Just War: The Case of World War II. Part II. Mr Truman’s Degree: G. E. M. Anscombe.

43 National Self-determination: Avishai Margalit and Joseph Raz.

44 The Law of Peoples: John Rawls.

45 The Romance of the Nation-State: David Luban.

46 Democracy: From City-states to a Cosmopolitan Order?: David Held.

47 Global Governance and Democratic Accountability: Robert O. Keohane.

48 Migration and Poverty: Thomas Pogge.

49 Humanity and Justice in Global Perspective: Brian Barry.

Index

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Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and of Social and Political Theory in the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University. He was the Founding Editor of Blackwell’s Journal of Political Philosophy and General Editor of the ten-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Science, in which he himself co-edits volumes on Public Policy (with Michael Moran and Martin Rein) and Contextual Political Analysis (with Charles Tilly). His recent own books include Reflective Democracy (2003) and What's Wrong with Terrorism? (2006).


Philip Pettit is L.S.Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University. His recent publications include The Economy of Esteem, (2004, co-authored with Geoffrey Brennan), Rules, Reasons and Norms (2002), A Theory of Freedom (2001), Republicanism (1997), and Three Methods of Ethics (Blackwell 1997, co-authored with Marcia Baron and Michael Slote).


Together, Robert E. Goodin and Philip Pettit are also the joint editors of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy (Blackwell 1993; second edition in preparation).



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  • An updated and expanded edition of this comprehensive collection of the essential texts in post-war political philosophy.
  • Reprints key articles, mainly unabridged, touching upon the nature of the state, democracy, justice, rights, liberty, equality and oppression.
  • Includes work from politics, law and economics, as well as from continental and analytic philosophy.
  • Now includes thirteen additional texts, taking account of recent developments in the field and reflecting the most pressing concerns in international affairs.
  • Can be used alongside A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing, 1993; second edition in preparation) as the basis for a systematic introduction to the subject.
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"An excellent reader, offering a wide selection from the work of the most important or influential contemporary political philosophers. The quality of the selections is high and the range of topics broad. Contemporary Political Philosophy will serve well in a variety of university courses in political philosophy." Christopher Morris, University of Maryland
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