Monday, September 17, 2012

New Book: Political Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century

Political Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century
Essential Essays

ed. by Steven M. Cahn & Robert B. Talisse

(Westview Press, September 2012)

304 pages


Moving beyond the work of Rawls and his critics, this concise collection contains critical essays in contemporary political philosophy. All have been chosen for their importance and accessibility, and some have been edited by their authors for inclusion in this work. The book covers five main topics: equality, justice, liberty, democracy, and human rights. To assist readers, the editors have also provided section introduction and study questions as well as an overall introduction explaining the background to contemporary work in political philosophy. Beginning where most other anthologies in political philosophy conclude, this book can be used alone or in conjunction with any collection of historical sources.


I. Equality
1. Ronald Dworkin, “Equality”
2. Elizabeth Anderson, “Democratic Equality”
3. Kok Chor Tan, “A Defense of Luck Egalitarianism" [preview]

II. Justice
4. G. A. Cohen “Rescuing Justice and Equality”
5. David Miller, “Justice and Boundaries” [abstract]
6. Amartya Sen, “Capabilities and Resources”

III. Liberty
7. Philip Pettit, “The Instability of Freedom as Non-Interference
8. John Christman, “Can Positive Freedom be Saved”
9. Ian Carter, “The Myth of ‘Merely Formal Freedom’” [preview]

IV. Democracy
10. Richard Arneson, “Democracy is not Intrinsically Just” [pdf]
11. Thomas Christiano, “The Authority of Democracy” [pdf]
12. Joshua Cohen, “Reflections on Deliberative Democracy”

V. Human Rights
13. Onora O’Neill “The Dark Side of Human Rights” [pdf]
14. Thomas Pogge, “World Poverty and Human Rights”
15. Martha Nussbaum, “Capabilities and Social Justice” [abstract]

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Robert B. Talisse is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

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