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1st Edition

Current Controversies in Political Philosophy

Edited By

Thom Brooks

ISBN 9780415517539
Published July 16, 2015 by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

Current Controversies in Political Philosophy brings together an international team of leading philosophers to explore and debate four key and dynamic issues in the field in an accessible way.


Should we all be cosmopolitans? – Gillian Brock and Cara Nine

Are rights important? – Rowan Cruft and Sonu Bedi

Is sexual objectification wrong and, if so, why? – Lina Papadaki and Scott Anderson

What to do about climate change? – Alexa Zellentin and Thom Brooks


These questions are the focus of intense debate. Preliminary chapter descriptions, bibliographies following each chapter, and annotated guides to supplemental readings help provide clearer and richer snapshots of active controversy for all readers.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Thom Brooks, Political Philosophy: Current Controversies I. Global Justice 1. Gillian Brock, "Approaching Global Justice: Should We Be Cosmopolitans or Statists?" 2. Cara Nine, "Territorial Rights: An Undisclosed Premise in Theories of Global Justice" II. Rights 1. Rowan Cruft, "Human Rights as Individualistically Justified: A Defence " 2. Sonu Bedi, "Anti-Perfectionism and the Right to Privacy" III. Feminism 1. Lina Papadaki, "What is Wrong about Objectification?" 2. Scott Anderson, "Objectification: A 21st Century Reassessment" IV. Climate Change 1. Alexa Zellentin, "How to Do Climate Justice" 2. Thom Brooks, "Why Save the Planet?"

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Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government at Durham University and founding editor of the Journal of Moral Philosophy. He is the author of Punishment (2012) and editor of The Global Justice Reader (2008) and Rawls’s Political Liberalism (co-edited with Martha Nussbaum) (2015).


"A welcome, well-executed and irresistible invitation to students and teachers both to engage critically and to advance in creative ways recent work in political philosophy on central topics of universal interest."

David A. Reidy, University of Tennessee, USA

"This volume provides an accessible and very engaging introduction to some of the most important debates in political theory by some of the finest young scholars working in the field. A valuable resource for undergraduate teaching and advanced researchers alike."

Christian Barry, Australian National University, Australia