1st Edition

A Companion to Political Philosophy. Methods, Tools, Topics

Edited By

Antonella Besussi

ISBN 9781138379671
Published June 11, 2019 by Routledge
256 Pages

USD $54.95

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Book Description

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the key concepts and issues of contemporary political philosophy, providing an essential reference work for scholars and advanced students. It is structured in three parts, covering methodological issues; tools and argumentative strategies employed by political philosophy; and concepts and topics key to the discipline. Expert authors from around the world have written twenty chapters in a consistent and engaging style. Each chapter is thoroughly cross-referenced allowing students to appreciate how methodological issues relate to each other, and how methodology and argumentative tools affect the way substantial issues are addressed. The chapters are supplemented by further reading lists and selected bibliographies to aid further research. The companion will be required reading for masters and post-doctoral students, providing them with the appropriate tools for approaching political philosophy in a more thoughtful way, and showing how substantive topics are addressed within different perspectives and paradigms. The companion also provides upper-level undergraduates with a sophisticated introduction to the relevant problems and challenges political philosophy addresses.

Table of Contents

Contents: Editor's preface; Part 1 Methods: Philosophy and politics, Antonella Besussi; Truth, Jeff Malpas and Nick Malpas; Objectivity, Alexander Kaufman; Feasibility and desirability, Francesca Pasquali; Facts and principles, Miriam Ronzoni; Realism and idealism, Federico Zuolo. Part 2 Tools: Politics/metaphysics, Patrick Neal; Counterfactuals, Ingrid Salvatore; Justification, Cindy Holder; The right and the good, David A. Reidy; Trade-off, Elena Granaglia; Means/ends, Stephen de Wijze. Part 3 Topics: Liberty, Mario Ricciardi; Equality, Ian Carter; Community, Lino Klevesath and Walter Reese-Schäfer; Justice, Sebastiano Maffettone; Pluralism, Emanuela Ceva; Public discourse, Kevin Vallier; Agreement/disagreement, David B. Wong; Exclusion/assimilation, Anna E. Galeotti; Index.

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Antonella Besussi is Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Milan, Italy.


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