1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy

Edited By Gerald Gaus, Fred D'Agostino, Ryan Muldoon Copyright 2013
    872 Pages
    by Routledge

    872 Pages
    by Routledge

    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. Adam Smith and Hume on Justice Steve Buckle 10. Kant Oliver Sensen 11. Hegel David Rose 12. Mill C. L. Ten 13. Marx David Leopold 14. Late 19th Century British Political Thought Maria Dimova-Cookson 15. Continental Political Philosophy James Bohman 16. 20th Century French Political Thought 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 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 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. Capabilities 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 46. 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 Morriss 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 8: 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