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Social & Political Philosophy



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Theodor W. Adorno: A Very Short Introduction


Andrew Bowie

May 2022

Very Short Introductions

Adorno was a German philosopher, and social and cultural theorist whose work is seen as increasingly relevant to understanding the pathologies of contemporary society. This book considers his life and work, from the philosophical tradition he worked from to his explorations of reason and social theory, and critical assessments of modern culture.

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John Stuart Mill: A Very Short Introduction


Gregory Claeys

February 2022

Very Short Introductions

John Stuart Mill (1806-73) is widely regarded as the leading liberal philosopher, economist, and political theorist of nineteenth century Britain. This book offers a brief survey of his life and ideas, highlighting the philosophical context for his work, exploring the key themes in his writings, and analysing their lasting influence.

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Debating Democracy: Do We Need More or Less?


Jason Brennan, Hélène Landemore

February 2022

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The Movement for Black Lives: Philosophical Perspectives


Brandon Hogan, Michael Cholbi, Alex Madva, Benjamin S. Yost

January 2022

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Introducing Political Philosophy: A Policy-Driven Approach


Andrew Walton, William Abel, Elizabeth Kahn, Tom Parr

February 2021

Offering a uniquely policy-driven approach, Introducing Political Philosophy is the only text to showcase contemporary policy problems through the lens of key debates in political philosophy.

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Cicero: Political Philosophy


Malcolm Schofield

January 2021

Founders of Modern Political and Social Thought

This book offers an innovative account of Cicero's treatment of key political ideas: liberty and equality, government, law, cosmopolitanism and imperialism, republican virtues, and ethical decision-making in politics. Cicero (106-43 BC), a major figure in Roman politics, was the first to articulate a philosophical rationale for republicanism.

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John Rawls: Debating the Major Questions


Jon Mandle, Sarah Roberts-Cady

July 2020

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Emotion: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Dylan Evans

September 2019

Very Short Introductions

Drawing on the latest scientific research, from anthropology and psychology to neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Evans takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the human heart, discussing the evolution of emotions and their biological basis, the science of happiness, and the role that emotions play in memory and decision making.

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Scepticism: A Very Short Introduction


Duncan Pritchard

September 2019

Very Short Introductions

This book explores the nature of scepticism, asking when it is legitimate, for example as the driver of new ideas, and when it is problematic. It also tackles how scepticism is related to contemporary social and political phenomena, such as fake news, and examines a radical form of scepticism which maintains that knowledge is impossible.

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Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Michael Inwood

January 2019

Very Short Introductions

Martin Heidegger is one of the twentieth century's greatest yet most enigmatic and divisive philosophers. Michael Inwood explores the major themes of Heidegger's seminal work, Being and Time, as well his later thought and association with Nazism.

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Stoicism: A Very Short Introduction


Brad Inwood

July 2018

Very Short Introductions

Stoicism is two things: a long past philosophical school of ancient Greece and Rome, and an enduring philosophical movement that still inspires people in the twenty-first century to re-think and re-organize their lives in order to achieve personal satisfaction. Brad Inwood presents the long history that connects these.

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Marx: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Peter Singer

March 2018

Very Short Introductions

Marx is one of the most influential philosophers of all time, whose theories about society, economics, and politics have shaped and directed political and social thought for 150 years. In this new edition, Peter Singer discusses the legacy and impact of Marx's core theories, considering how they apply to twenty first century politics and society.

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Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction


Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, Peter Singer

July 2017

Very Short Introductions

Utilitarianism is one of the most important and influential secular philosophies of modern times, and has drawn considerable debate and controversy. This Very Short Introduction considers its origins, its relevance to modern moral challenges, and the arguments and discussions around utilitarian approaches.

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Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration


John Locke, Mark Goldie

June 2016

Oxford World's Classics

Locke's Second Treatise is a classic of political philosophy. It helped entrench ideas of a social contract, human rights, and consent as guiding principles for modern Western democracy. His Letter calls for religious tolerance and separation of church and state. This edition offers an essential guide to these two foundational works.

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Epicureanism: A Very Short Introduction


Catherine Wilson

December 2015

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction corrects the prevalent view of Epicureanism that often conjures up ideas of tasty delights and hedonism. Wilson explains the philosophical and scientific ideas of Epicurus and his followers and the legacy of Epicureanism on later European thought.

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On Liberty, Utilitarianism and Other Essays

Second Edition


John Stuart Mill, Mark Philp, Frederick Rosen

July 2015

Oxford World's Classics

The four essays in this volume examine the most central issues that face liberal democratic regimes. They tackle the protection of individual liberty, the basic principles of ethics, the benefits and the costs of representative institutions, and the central importance of gender equality in society.

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The Equality of the Sexes: Three Feminist Texts of the Seventeenth Century


Desmond M. Clarke

September 2013

The seventeenth century witnessed the first publications that argued for the equality of men and women. Desmond M. Clarke presents new translations of the three most important ones, with excerpts from the authors' related writings, together with an extensive introduction to the religious and philosophical context within which they argued.

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The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy


George Klosko

June 2013

Oxford Handbooks

Fifty distinguished contributors survey the entire history of political philosophy. They consider questions about how the subject should best be studied; they examine historical periods and great theorists in their intellectual contexts; and they discuss aspects of the subject that transcend periods, such as democracy, the state, and imperialism.

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Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studies


Stephen Coleman

September 2012

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Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction

Second Edition


Michael White

June 2012

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