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The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy

Edited By Gerald F. Gaus, Fred D'Agostino Copyright 2013
    ISBN 9781138064874
    872 Pages
    Published April 27, 2017 by Routledge

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    The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy is a comprehensive, definitive reference work, providing an up-to-date survey of the field, charting its history and key figures and movements, and addressing enduring questions as well as contemporary research. Features unique to the Companion are:

    • an extensive coverage of the history of social and political thought, including separate chapters on the development of political thought in the Islamic world, India, and China as well in modern Germany, France, and Britain
    • a focus on the core concepts and the normative foundations of social and political theory
    • a seven-chapter section devoted exclusively to distributive justice, the central issue of political philosophy since Rawls' Theory of Justice
    • extensive coverage of global justice and international issues, which recently have emerged as vital topics
    • an eight-chapter section on issues in social and political philosophy.

    The Companion is divided into eight thematic sections: The History of Social and Political Theory; Political Theories and Ideologies; Normative Foundations; The National State and Beyond; Distributive Justice; Political Concepts; Concepts and Methods in Social Philosophy; Issues in Social and Political Philosophy.

    Comprised of sixty-nine newly commissioned essays by leading scholars from throughout the world, The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy is the most comprehensive and authoritative resource in social and political philosophy for students and scholars.

    Part 1: The History of Social and Political Theory  1. Plato's Political Philosophy George Klosko  2. Aristotle's Social and Political Philosophy Rachana Kamtekar  3. Aquinas Paul Sigmund  4. Medieval Political Thought Cary J. Nederman  5. Machiavelli Vickie B. Sullivan  6. Hobbes S. A. Lloyd  7. Locke Eric Mack  8. Rousseau Christopher Bertram  9. Hume and Smith on Justice Steve Buckle  10. Kant Oliver Sensen  11. Hegel David Rose  12. Mill C. L. Ten  13. Marx David Leopold  14. Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century British Thought Maria Dimova-Cookson  15. Continental Political Philosophy James Bohman 16. French Political Thought in the Twentieth Century Jeremy Jennings  17. The Political Philosophy of China Bai Tongdong  18. Indian Political Theory A. Raghuramaraju  19. Islamic Political Thought Andrew March  Part 2: Political Theories and Ideologies  20. Anarchism Roderick Long  21. Liberalism Michael Freeden  22. Conservatism John Kekes  23. Republicanism Christian Nadeau  24. Marxism and Contemporary Political Thought Alex Callinicos  25. Feminism and the History of Political Philosophy Penelope Deutscher 26. Environmentalism Mathew Humphrey  Part 3: Normative Foundations  27. Contractarianism Claire Finkelstein  28. Contractualism and Political Liberalism Aaron James  29. Utilitarianism and Consequentialism Dale Miller  30. Perfectionism Steven Wall  31. Pluralism George Crowder  32. Virtue Ethics and Political Philosophy Daniel Russell  33. Natural Law and Rights Theory David S. Oderberg Part 4: Distributive Justice  34. Luck Egalitarianism Zofia Stemplowska  35. The Difference Principle Rex Martin  36. Left Libertarianism Hillel Steiner  37. Libertarianism John Meadowcroft  38. Desert David Schmidtz  39. Needs and Distributive Justice Gillian Brock  40. The Capability Approach (and Social Justice) Ingrid Robeyns  41. Intergenerational Distributive Justice Clark Wolf  Part 5: The National State and Beyond  42. Nationalism Margaret Moore  43. Human Rights and Cosmopolitanism David Reidy  44. Multiculturalism Chandran Kukathas  45. Global Justice and Politics Thom Brooks  48. Justice and Borders David Miller  47. War Fernando Teson  Part 6: Political Concepts  48. Equality Tom Christiano  49. Freedom Katrin Flikschuh  50. Autonomy Horacio Spector  51. Power Peter Morris  52. Authority and Legitimacy Fabienne Peter  53. Democracy Bob Talisse  54. Rights John Quong  55. Toleration Peter Jones  Part 7: Approaches and Methods in Social and Political Philosophy  56. Social Evolution Jerry Gaus and John Thrasher  57. The Pragmatist Project in Political Philosophy Cheryl Misak  58. Postmodernism and Politics Todd May  59. Social Choice Theory John Weymark  60. Rational Choice Theory Peter Vanderschraaf  61. Discourse Theory William Rehg  Part VIII: Issues in Social and Political Philosophy  62. Education Harry Brighouse  63. Health Norman Daniels  64. Marriage, Family, Sexuality David Archard  65. Work Nien-He Hsieh  66. Punishment Mark R. Reiff  67. Terrorism Tony Coady  68. Paternalism, Moralism, and Markets Mark D. White  69. Religion in Public Life Christopher J. Eberle and Kevin Vallier


    Gerald Gaus is James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.

    Fred D'Agostino is Professor of the Humanities and Dean in the Faculty of the Arts at the University of Queensland.

    "Like all the books in the Routledge companion series, this one is a marvelous combination of guidebook and treasure-trove. The contributors address the most important thinkers in the field, the most important concepts, the most important theories and methodologies, and they bring their thinking to bear on important issues like health care, sexuality, democracy, terrorism and security. The articles are provocative as well as informative, and the choice of contributors reflects as fine a combination of diversity and expertise as you are likely to find in any volume of this kind." - Jeremy Waldron, NYU Law School and Oxford University

    "This is a mountain of a book, the most accessible trove of authoritative political philosophy between two covers! My own copy is destined to become well-worn, and I will direct my students to it as their primary resource once they buck up the courage to go beyond Wikipedia." - Loren Lomasky, University of Virginia 

    "It is extremely impressive that Gaus and D'Agostino were able to commission these essays from so many of the leading scholars on such a vast and diverse slate of subjects. Given the breadth of historical and contemporary topics covered, this collection is an invaluable addition to the literature in social and political philosophy." - Christopher Heath Wellman, Washington University in St. Louis

    "In assembling this ambitious book, editors Gaus and D’Agostino aspired to guide their readers through the whole of political philosophy and its history. They have succeeded admirably. The book’s unrivalled breadth of coverage is complemented by the depth of the essays it includes. The sixty-nine entries have all been written by recognized experts, who were encouraged to produce entries of sufficient length and sophistication that they will interest scholars while remaining accessible to undergraduates, graduate students and philosophers who work in other areas. This marvelous and incomparable volume will prove an indispensable companion to anyone with an interest in social and political philosophy." - Paul Weithman, University of Notre Dame

    "The polish and high quality of the essays provide a multifaceted mirror of the passions and interests of contemporary academic Anglophone philsophy. Highly recommended. Undergraduate, graduate, and research collections." - E.J. Eisenach, emeritus, University of Tulsa, CHOICE magazine

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