"Talking Politics" is a philosophical examination of some of the basic concepts of political discourse. It focuses not on the works of political theorists but on "ordinary" political discourse--the talk of politicians, journalists and the public. The book examines concepts, such as the political, the moral and the people, which are often taken for granted in theoretical writings.
Arranged thematically around topics such as "nation," the book presents comprehensive entries with cross-references and suggestions for further reading. The questions addressed include: whether everything is unavoidably political; if words like "unity" or "consensus" are merely hallucinogenic; and if politicians must be immoral or amoral. A. W. Sparkes offers a pointed, often witty, examination of the uses and misuses of political language. "Talking Politics" is a useful guide for students of politics and philosophy, but it will also appeal to any reader with a thoughtful interest in politics.