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Contemporary Political Philosophy By Will Kymlicka

Contemporary Political Philosophy
by Will Kymlicka

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A critical introduction to the growing literature on theories of justice and community. Each chapter covers a major school of contemporary political thought and discusses the work of the most influential Anglo-American theorists.
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Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction by Will Kymlicka

This book provides a critical introduction to the rapidly growing literature on theories of justice and community. Each chapter covers a major school of contemporary political thought - utilitarianism, liberal egalitarianism, libertarianism, Marxism, communitarianism, and feminism - and discusses the work of the most influential contemporary Anglo-American theorists, including G.A.Cohen, Ronald Dworkin, Carol Gilligan, R.M.Hare, Catherine Mackinnon, Robert Nozick, John Rawls, John Roemer, Michael Sandel, and Charles Taylor. By showing how each of these thinkers can be seen as interpreting the idea of treating people as equals Professor Kymlicka brings out both what they have in common and the differences between them. He demonstrates how viewing different theories in terms of this "egalitarian plateau" can help clarify traditional philosophical disputes over the meaning of such concepts as rights, freedom, the common good, exploitation, and justice. Although he covers some of the most advanced contemporary thinking, Professor Kymlicka writes in easily accessible, non-technical language suitable for readers approaching the area for the first time.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction; 2. Utilitarianism: a) Defining welfare; b) Maximizing welfare; 3. Liberal equality: a) Rawls's difference principle; b) Dworkin's equality of resources; 4. Libertarianism: a) Self-ownership; b) Hobbesian contractarianism; c) Liberty and the free market; 5. Marxism: a) The supercession of justice; b) Justice as non-exploitation; c) Justice as non-alienation; 6. Communitarianism: a) The encumbered self; b) The social thesis; 7. Feminism: a) Sexual discrimination and sexual domination; b) The public and the private; c) The ethic of care.

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GOR001872204
Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction by Will Kymlicka
Will Kymlicka
Used - Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1991-03-01
330
0198277237
9780198277231
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.