Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader
Publication Year: 2004
Subject: Contemporary Political Theory
‘This text provides an up to date account of how things currently stand in political philosophy, and will provide an excellent introduction for students from any background. It gives a lucid and careful account of the central controversies and sites of disagreement in political theory over the last thirty years and rather than sacrifice theoretical sophistication and nuance for the sake of clarity and accessibility, it admirably achieves both‘ -
Catriona McKinnon, University of York
This comprehensive textbook provides a complete and accessible introduction to the main theorists and issues in contemporary political theory today.
The text is organized into two major parts. The first, Contemporary Liberal Theory, outlines four distinct liberal theories of justice to introduce the work of Rawls, Nozick, Gauthier and Dworkin. The second, Alternative ...
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
Part One: Egalitarian-Liberalism
- Chapter 1: Justice as Fairness
- Chapter 2: The Maximin Principle
- Chapter 3: Primary Goods Reconsidered
- Chapter 4: Equality of What?
- Chapter 5: A Question for Egalitarians
Part Two: Libertarianism
- Chapter 6: The Entitlement Theory of Justice
- Chapter 7: How Liberty Upsets Patterns
- Chapter 8: On Rectification in Nozick's Minimal State
- Chapter 9: Justice as Mutual Advantage
- Chapter 10: A Critique of Justice as Reciprocity
Part Three: Communitarianism
- Chapter 11: The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self
- Chapter 12: Liberal Individualism and Liberal Neutrality
- Chapter 13: Complex Equality
Part Four: Republicanism
- Chapter 14: Freedom as Antipower
- Chapter 15: The Republican Critique of Liberalism
- Chapter 16: Cosmopolitan Republicanism
Part Five: Feminism
- Chapter 17: The Public/Private Dichotomy
- Chapter 18: The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Difference
- Chapter 19: Recognition or Redistribution?
Part Six: Deliberative Democracy
- Chapter 20: The Deliberative Model
- Chapter 21: Deliberative Democracy beyond Process
- Chapter 22: Legitimacy and Economy in Deliberative Democracy
Part Seven: Multiculturalism
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First published 2004
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To my parents[Page vi]
Political theorists are primarily concerned with how we ought, collectively, to live together. A diverse range of political arrangements can, and have been, defended by reference to values such as justice, freedom, equality and democracy. The job of the political theorist is to bring some precision to these vague and contested concepts so that one can provide convincing arguments for the particular social arrangements they believe we should be aspiring towards. This Reader brings together a diverse array of contributions from theorists of different theoretical perspectives. I believe the positions covered in this volume – egalitarian-liberalism, libertarianism, communitarianism, republicanism, feminism, deliberative democracy and multiculturalism – not only cover the most significant theoretical debates in contemporary political theory, but the readings chosen will help motivate students to think critically about the different arguments political theorists have advanced. In each chapter I have included a brief introduction to help provide some background to the readings and the issues and topics covered by these different theoretical positions.
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