Synopses & Reviews
Freedom, in Philip Pettit’s provocative analysis, “requires more than just being let alone.” In Just Freedom, a succinct articulation of the republican philosophy for which he is renowned, Pettit builds a theory of universal freedom as nondomination. Seen through this lens, even societies that consider themselves free may find their political arrangements lacking. Do those arrangements protect people’s liberties equally? Are they subject to the equally shared control of those they protect? Do they allow the different peoples of the world to live in equal freedom? With elegant, user-friendly tests of freedom—the eyeball test, the tough luck test, and the straight talk test—Pettit addresses these questions, laying out essential yardsticks for policymakers and concerned citizens alike. An invitation to join in a program that would better articulate and realize justice in our social, democratic, and international lives, Just Freedom offers readers an essential starting place for the world’s thorniest problems.
"In this slim volume, Princeton University political philosopher Pettit (Republicanism) reiterates his long-held idea that universal freedom revolves around non-domination. Pettit begins the book with tests of freedom: the eyeball test, the tough luck test, and the straight talk test. Unfortunately, he doesn't follow through on these themes or build his book around them. Instead, he abstractly ponders the relationship between the individual and private and public power. This earnest book reminds us that freedom is a precious thing and emanates from republican ideals. Stating that these ideals of freedom, justice, and democracy have achieved more than other political systems, Pettit nonetheless tries to spin something more cosmopolitan. (Pettit is Australian-born and teaches part-time at Australian National University.) His 'ideal of global sovereignty' is far-fetched and implausible. Pettit's political instincts and efforts to extend republicanism are commendable, even noble, but the compass he uses, while erudite, is more appropriate to the ivory tower. Pettit's book contains far too many 'oughts,' never confronting the many confident enemies to freedom of thought and action in today's complex, often amoral world. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Author Pettit (Princeton University) offers a civic republicanperspective on the ideal of individual freedom and explores its implications for social, political, and international justice. Theauthor makes a case for building a moral compass around the notion of freedom, which is described as an ecumenical value with that canbe used to gauge issues of political right and wrong. An appendix offers a chapter-by-chapter, point-by-point overview of the book'sargument. The appendix, the prologue, and the epilogue work together to provide a general guide to the path covered in the course of the argument.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
An esteemed philosopher offers a vision for the central role of one of our most cherished--and controversial--ideas.
In this rigorous distillation of his political philosophy, Philip Pettit, author of the landmark work , champions a simple standard for our most complex political judgments, offering a challenging ideal that nevertheless holds out a real prospect for social and democratic progress.
About the Author
Philip Pettit is the L. S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. His many books include Republicanism and On the People's Terms.