Social and Political Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives

Social and Political Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives

Social and Political Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives

Social and Political Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives

Synopsis

Social and Political Philosophy introduces some of the most important topics in contemporary political philosophy and questions whether these can be accommodated within the framework of liberal theory. It consists of specially written essays by prominent figures in social and political philosophy. Each essay carefully considers both the theoretical and practical problems of a major topic. Traditional perspectives are balanced with new challenges. Topics include:* Moral Methodology* Libertarianism* Socialism* Lesbian and Gay Perspectives* Feminism* Racial and Multicultural Perspectives* Rationality* Welfare Liberalism* Environmentalism* Virtue Ethics and Community* Just War Theory and Pacifism* Civil Disobedience.

Excerpt

This is a ground-breaking work in social and political philosophy. Twenty-one well-known philosophers have written new and substantial essays exploring the central questions of social and political philosophy. Each essay has been accessibly written by a philosopher at the forefront of the field. The contributors have also written essays in which they can develop their own views, and advance the discussion of social and political philosophy in ways that would interest professional philosophers as well as students. The themes of the essays are initially introduced in the Introduction, and draw on my book, Justice for Here and Now. Different essays in the volume discuss the foundations of social and political philosophy, alternative social and political perspectives, challenges to social and political philosophy, and the application of social and political philosophy under nonideal conditions. The Conclusion attempts to respond to and reconcile a number of the arguments presented in the essays. The book is ideal for all ranges of courses in social and political philosophy. It is designed to enable students to build their own social and political philosophy by moving them through the various steps required for its construction. The uniqueness of the collection, the list of well-known contributors, and the fact that the book has the worthy pedagogical goal of offering students the tools necessary to build their own social and political philosophy, should make this anthology a welcome addition to the market.

I wish to especially thank Tony Bruce at Routledge for encouraging me in this project from the very beginning; and also the University of Notre Dame for funding the conference on “Alternative Conceptions of Justice”, 14-16 April 2000, at which at number of the contributions to this volume were first presented and profitably discussed.

James P. Sterba

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