1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy

ISBN 9780415874564
Published November 27, 2012 by Routledge
872 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The History of Social and Political Theory  1. Plato George Klosko  2. Aristotle Rachana Kamtekar  3. Augustine Scott McDonald  4. Aquinas Paul Sigmund  5. Medieval Political Thought Cary J. Nederman  6. Machiavelli Vickie B. Sullivan  7. Hobbes S. A. Lloyd  8. Locke Eric Mack  9. Rousseau Christopher Bertram  10. Adam Smith and Hume Steve Buckle  11. Kant Oliver Sensen  12. Hegel David Rose  13. Mill C. L. Ten  14. Marx David Leopold  15. Late 19th Century British Political Thought Maria Dimova-Cookson  16. 20th Century German Political Thought James Bohman  17. 20th Century French Political Thought Jeremy Jennings  18. Foucault Thomas Dumm  19. The Political Thought of China Bai Tongdong  20. The Political Thought of India A. Raghuramaraju  21. Islamic Political Thought Andrew March  Part 2: Political Theories and Ideologies  22. Anarchism Roderick Long  23. Liberalism Michael Freeden  24. Conservatism John Kekes  25. Republicanism Christian Nadeau  26. Marxism and Contemporary Political Thought Alex Callinicos  27. Feminism Penelope Deutscher 28. Environmentalism Mathew Humphrey  Part 3: Normative Foundations  29. Contractarianism Claire Finkelstein  30. Contractualism and Political Liberalism Aaron James  31. Utilitarianism and Consequentialism Dale Miller  32. Perfectionism Steven Wall  33. Pluralism George Crowder  34. Virtue Daniel Russell  35. Natural Law and Rights Theory David S. Oderberg Part 4: Distributive Justice  36. Luck Egalitarianism Zofia Stemplowska  37. The Difference Principle Rex Martin  38. Left Libertarianism Hillel Steiner  39. Libertarianism John Meadowcroft  40. Desert David Schmidtz  41. Needs and Distributive Justice Gillian Brock  42. Capabilities and Social Justice Ingrid Robeyns  43. Justice and Future Generations Clark Wolf  Part 5: The National State and Beyond  44. Nationalism Margaret Moore  45. Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights David Reidy  46. Multiculturalism Chandran Kukathas  47. Global Justice and Politics Thom Brooks  48. Borders and Secession David Miller  49. War Fernando Teson  Part 6: Political Concepts  50. Equality Tom Christiano  51. Liberty Katrin Flikschuh  52. Autonomy Horacio Spector  53. Power Peter Morris  54. Authority and Legitimacy Fabienne Peter  55. Democracy Bob Talisse  56. Rights John Quong  57. Toleration Peter Jones  Part 7: Approaches and Methods in Social and Political Philosophy  58. Evolutionary Approaches Jerry Gaus  59. Pragmatism Cheryl Misak  60. Postmodernism Todd May  61. Social Choice Theory John Weymark  62. Rational Choice Theory Peter Vanderschraaf  63. Discourse Theory William Rehg  Part VIII: Issues in Social and Political Philosophy  64. Education Harry Brighouse  65. Health Norman Daniels  66. Marriage, Family, Sexuality David Archard  67. Work Nien-He Hsieh  68. Punishment Mark R. Reiff  69. Terrorism Tony Coady  70. Paternalism, Moralism, and Markets Mark D. White  71. Religion in Public Life Christopher J. Eberle and Kevin Vallier

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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