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Introducing Political Philosophy

Walton, Andrew and Abel, Will and Kahn, Elizabeth and Parr, Tom (2021) 'Introducing Political Philosophy.', .


Introducing Political Philosophy is a thought-provoking introduction that invites readers to consider and analyse the philosophical controversies that underpin several prominent areas of political debate. The opening chapter familiarises students with the aims and methods of political philosophy. It explains the tools required to practice the discipline, and discusses how to apply these to political arguments. Each of the fifteen subsequent chapters focuses on a distinct area of public policy, such as affirmative action, humanitarian intervention, immigration, and parental leave. The authors introduce students to the moral questions that lie at the heart of these political disputes, as well as to some of the relevant academic literature. The authors believe that the best way to learn about political philosophy is to see it in action. By arguing for a position in each chapter and defending it against criticisms, they demonstrate to students how political philosophy can inform our analysis of public policy.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Sample chapter deposited: Chapter 1 'Doing Political Philosophy'
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 18 February 2023.
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File format - PDF
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Publisher statement:Introducing Political Philosophy by Walton, Andrew, Abel, Will, Kahn, Elizabeth and Parr, Tom , 2021, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press[link to OUP catalogue if available, or OUP website];
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:26 February 2021
Date of first online publication:18 February 2021
Date first made open access:18 February 2023

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