Synopses & Reviews
The thirty-nine mostly unabridged classic essays touch upon the nature of the state, democracy, justice, rights, liberty, equality, and oppression. It sets work in politics, law and economics alongside philosophical texts; work of continental philosophers alongside analytic philosophers; work of feminists, marxists, and other radicals alongside that of more traditional liberals.
Together with the Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy (Blackwell, paperback edition 1996), also edited by Goodin and Pettit, this volume forms the basis for a truly systematic introduction to political philosophy as it is practised today.
"It will provide an unrivalled overview of the principal positions and debates in political philosophy over the past thirty years or so. It should establish itself as the standard one-volume reader for some time to come." Daniel Weinstock, University of Montreal
"Some of the most precious works of contemporary political philosophy brought together in one monumental volume - each of them masterpieces. The editors have done a marvellous job." Review Acta Politica
This volume provides a comprehensive collection of the primary readings in post-war political philosophy. The anthology includes classic articles on the nature of the state, democracy, justice, rights, liberty, equality and oppression.
This monumental volume provides the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of the essential primary readings in post-war political philosophy.
About the Author
Robert E. Goodin
is Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University, is founding editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy
(Blackwell Publishers). With Philip Pettit, he is editor of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy,
also published by Blackwell (paperback edition, 1995). He is author of many books and articles on political theory and public policy, most recently, Utilitarianism as a Public Philosophy
Philip Pettit is Professor of Social and Political Theory at Australian National University, is author of Not Just Deserts (with John Braithwaite, 1990); The Common Mind (1993) and Republicanism (1996). In addition, he is editor (with Robert E. Goodin) of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy (Blackwell, paperback edition 1995).
Table of Contents
Part I: State and Society:.
1. The State: Quentin Skinner (University of Cambridge).
2. The Social Contract as Ideology: David Gauthier (University of Pittsburgh).
3. The Fraternal Social Contract: Carole Pateman (UCLA).
4. Theses on the Theory of the State: Claus Offe (Humboldt University Berlin) and Volker Ronge.
5. Invoking Civil Society: Charles Taylor (McGill University).
6. Democracy: From City-States to a Cosmopolitan Order?: David Held (Open University).
Part II: Democracy:.
7. The Public Sphere: Jürgen Habermas (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet).
8. Procedural Democracy: Robert A. Dahl (Yale University).
9. The Market and the Forum: Jon Elster (University of Chicago).
10. Deliberation and Democratic Legitimacy: Joshua Cohen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
11. Preferences and Politics: Cass R. Sunstein (University of Chicago).
12. From a Politics of Ideas to a Politics of Presence: Anne Phillips (London Guildhall University).
Part III: Justice:.
13. Justice as Fairness: John Rawls (Harvard University).
14. Distributive Justice: Robert Nozick (Harvard University).
15. The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self: Michael J. Sandel.
16. Polity and Group Difference: Iris Marion Young (University of Pittsburgh).
17. The Domain of the Political and Overlapping Consensus: John Rawls (Harvard University).
Part IV: Rights:.
18. Citizenship and Social Class: T. H. Marshall (University of Oxford).
19. Are there any Natural Rights: H. L. A. Hart (University of Oxford).
20. Taking Rights Seriously: Ronald M. Dworkin (University of Oxford and New York University).
21. Basic Rights: Henry Shue (Cornell University).
22. A Defence of Abortion: Judith Jarvis Thomson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
23. Justice and Minority Rights: Will Kymlicka (University of Ottawa).
Part V: Liberty:.
24. Two Concepts of Liberty: Isaiah Berlin (University of Oxford).
25. What's Wrong with Negative Liberty?: Charles Taylor (McGill University).
26. The Structure of Proletarian Unfreedom: G. A. Cohen (University of Oxford).
27. Homelessness and the Issue of Freedom: Jeremy Waldron (University of California at Berkeley).
Part VI: Equality:.
28. The Idea of Equality: Bernard Williams (University of Oxford).
29. Equality of What?: Amartya Sen (Harvard University).
30. Complex Equality: Michael Walzer (Harvard University).
31. Justice Engendered: Martha Minnow (Harvard University).
32. Humanity and Justice in Global Perspective: Brian Barry (University College, London).
Part VII: Oppression:.
33. Power, Right, Truth: Michel Foucault.
34. Bearing the Consequences of Belief: Peter Jones (University of Newcastle).
35. Exploitation, Alternatives and Socialism: John E. Roemer (University of California, Davis).
36. Racism, Sexism and Preferential Treatment: Richard A. Wasserstrom (University of California at Santa Cruz).
37. Moral Woman and Immoral Man: Jean Bethe Elsthain (Vanderbilt University).
38.'Dependency' Demystified: Nancy Fraser (Northwestern University) and Linda Gordon (Nova University).