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Contemporary Political Philosophy : Radical Studies - Keith Graham

Contemporary Political Philosophy

Radical Studies

By: Keith Graham (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd August 1982
ISBN: 9780521287838
Number Of Pages: 168

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First published in 1982, this volume is a collection of original essays by young British philosophers reflecting the state of political philosophy. For many years contemporary political philosophy could with justice have been accused of triviality and sterility, but by the early 1980s the substantive and normative questions were firmly back at the centre of debate - as this volume demonstrates. It falls into three parts. In the first the essays examine aspects of the conception of human nature that must underlie political beliefs - in particular the vital notions of interest and personhood; in part II they evaluate different and supposedly conflicting political ideals - liberty and equality, individual rights and socialism; and in part III explore the bases of acceptable forms of political organisation - where political obedience does not reduce to moral obligation and where genuine freedom of expression is possible. The essays do not stem from a single political standpoint, although all are written from within the analytical tradition. They go to the roots of these perennial issues with arguments that are clear and forthright, and as a collection they will serve as both an important addition and a bracing introduction to the subject.

Contributors
Introduction
Human Nature
Realism, power and objective interests
The political status of children
Human Ideals
Liberal rights and socialism
Does equality destroy liberty?
Human Organisation
Democracy and the autonomous moral agent
Freedom of speech
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ISBN: 9780521287838
ISBN-10: 0521287839
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 23rd August 1982
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.22