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Routledge Contemporary Political Philosophy

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Political Philosophy is an exciting series for students of philosophy and political theory. Designed for those who have already completed an introductory philosophy or politics course, each book in the series introduces and critically assesses a major topic in political philosophy. Long-standing topics are refreshed and more recent ones made accessible for those coming to often complex issues and arguments for the first time.

After introducing the topic in question, each book clearly explains the central problems involved in understanding the arguments for and against competing theories. Relevant contemporary examples are used throughout to illuminate the problems and theories concerned, making the series essential reading not only for philosophy and politics students but those in related disciplines such as sociology, religion, policy studies and law. Each book in the series is written by an experienced author and teacher with special knowledge of the topic, providing a valuable resource for both students and teachers alike.

Series editors: Ronald Beiner, University of Toronto, USA, and David Archard, Lancaster University, UK

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Multiculturalism A Critical Introduction

Multiculturalism: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

By Michael Murphy
January 17, 2012

What is multiculturalism and what are the different theories used to justify it? Are multicultural policies a threat to liberty and equality? Can liberal democracies accommodate minority groups without sacrificing peace and stability? In this clear introduction to the subject, Michael Murphy ...

Rights A Critical Introduction

Rights: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

By Tom Campbell
January 24, 2006

We take rights to be fundamental to everyday life. Rights are also controversial and hotly debated both in theory and practice. Where do rights come from? Are they invented or discovered? What sort of rights are there and who is entitled to them? In this comprehensive introduction, Tom Campbell ...

Political Obligation A Critical Introduction

Political Obligation: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

By Dudley Knowles
September 18, 2009

Political obligation is concerned with the clash between the individual’s claim to self-governance and the right of the state to claim obedience. It is a central and ancient problem in political philosophy. In this authoritative introduction, Dudley Knowles frames the problem of obligation in ...

Toleration A Critical Introduction

Toleration: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

By Catriona McKinnon
February 15, 2006

Why should we be tolerant? What does it mean to ‘live and let live’? What ought to be tolerated and what not? Catriona McKinnon presents a comprehensive, yet accessible introduction to toleration in her new book. Divided into two parts, the first clearly introduces and assesses the major ...

Theories of Democracy A Critical Introduction

Theories of Democracy: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

By Frank Cunningham
December 14, 2001

This is the first book to be published in this exciting new series on political philosophy. Cunningham provides a critical and clear introduction to the main contemporary approaches to democracy: participatory democracy, classic and radical pluralism, deliberative democracy, catallaxy, and others. ...

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