Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jun 26, 2003 - Philosophy - 160 pages
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This book introduces readers to the concepts of political philosophy. It starts by explaining why the subject is important and how it tackles basic ethical questions such as 'how should we live together in society?' It looks at political authority, the reasons why we need politics at all, the limitations of politics, and whether there are areas of life that shouldn't be governed by politics. It explores the connections between political authority and justice, a constant theme in political philosophy, and the ways in which social justice can be used to regulate rather than destroy a market economy. David Miller discusses why nations are the natural units of government and whether the rise of multiculturalism and transnational co-operation will change this: will we ever see the formation of a world government? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #97)

User Review  - Danny - Goodreads

This title in the VSI series is very readable and gives you some basic concepts to mull over and reflect on. I do agree with some earlier comments that this title does keep it very simple, and could have gone into more complex ideas, even for a very short introduction. Read full review

Review: Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #97)

User Review  - Daniel Wright - Goodreads

Miller builds up an a priori picture of political philosophy, concisely covering a wide range of ideologies and schools of thought, refusing to patronise the reader, dipping into some of the most important thinkers. This is an ideal introduction to the subject. Read full review

About the author (2003)

David Miller is Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford, and an Official Fellow of Nuffield College. He has written books and articles on many aspects of political theory and philosophy. In 2002 he was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy. He lives in Oxford and is married with three children.

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