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From Ideologies to Public Philosophies: An Introduction to Political Theory

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6836-6
504 pages
January 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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From Ideologies to Public Philosophies: An Introduction to Political Theory provides a comprehensive and systematic account of the major ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries—along with contemporary and emerging outlooks—to address the essential questions of political theory.

  • Explores the major ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries while making clear distinctions for the reader between often-confused interpretations of ideologies
  • Engaging 'reader friendly' style will appeal to students and facilitate sophisticated discussions
  • Develops and defends pluralism as a broad public policy that is accepted by diverse political groups
  • Supported by a glossary of terms, suggestions for further reading, and other helpful student and instructor resources at www.blackwellpublishing.com/schumaker
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Preface.

1. Constructing Our Public Philosophies.

Part I: Participants in our Political Conversations.

2. Voices from the Major Ideologies of the Nineteenth Century.

3. Prominent Totalitarian and Pluralist Voices of the Twentieth Century.

4. Radical and Extremist Voices in Contemporary Politics.

Part II: Philosophical Assumptions: Their Importance as Foundations for Political Principles.

5. Questions of Ontology.

6. Questions of Human Nature.

7. Questions of Society.

8. Questions of Epistemology.

Part III: The Great Issues of Politics: Consensual and Contested Principles.

9. Questions of Community.

10. Questions of Citizenship.

11. Questions of Structure.

12. Questions of Rulers.

13. Questions of Authority.

14. Questions of Justice.

15. Questions of Change.

Conclusions.

Notes.

References.

Index
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Paul Schumaker is Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas, where he has taught courses in political theory and community politics since 1972. Dr. Schumaker has authored several books on political theory, including Critical Pluralism, Democratic Performance, and Community Power (1991).
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  • Provides a comprehensive and systematic treatment of the perennial issues of political thought
  • Explores the major ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries while making clear distinctions for the reader between often-confused interpretations of ideologies
  • Engaging 'reader friendly' style will appeal to students and facilitate sophisticated discussions
  • Develops and defends pluralism as a broad public policy that is accepted by diverse political groups
  • Supported by a glossary of terms, suggestions for further reading, and other helpful student and instructor resources at www.blackwellpublishing.com/schumaker
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"The strengths of this work are many. Schumaker's schematic analysis of political ideas is thorough but never pedantic, and he illustrates his analysis with frequent and compelling examples. The result is a thoughtfully written text which will invite students into an interconnected dialogue about their most basic political beliefs. Students whose first exposure to political ideologies and philosophies comes through Schumaker's book will appreciate better not only their own opinions, but will have a better grasp of the advantages and limitations of a pluralistic system like our own, which allows other people's opinions to flourish as well."
Russell Arben Fox, Friends University
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