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An Introduction to Political Philosophy

Third Edition

Jonathan Wolff

17 December 2015

ISBN: 9780199658015

256 pages

In Stock

Price: £29.99

Written by the renowned political philosopher, Jo Wolff, this is the most succinct and thought-provoking introduction to the key questions dominating political philosophy.



A concise, lucid and thought-provoking introduction to the most important questions of political philosophy, organised around the major issues. Wolff provides the structure that beginners' need, whilst also introducing some distinctive ideas of his own.

  • A concise and lucid introductory text that enables students to get to grips with the central topics of political philosophy
  • Structured around the main questions of political philosophy, Wolff introduces readers to thought provoking writings from key thinkers, both historical and contemporary, helping to make a complex subject readily accessible and stimulating
  • Widely recognised to be a `classic` text written by a leading scholar, active in contemporary research

New to this edition

  • Expanded final chapter includes discussion of race, sexual orientation, disability, multiculturalism and global justice, in addition to gender, to reflect many of the concerns of current political philosophy
  • Updated further reading guide

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Wolff, University College London

Jonathan Wolff is Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at University College London. His work has largely concentrated on issues of distributive justice, with a particular interest in the relationship between theory and policy.

Table of Contents

    1:The State of Nature
    2:Justifying the State
    3:Who Should Rule?
    4:The Place of Liberty?
    5:The Distribution of Property
    6:Justice for Everyone, Everywhere?
    Guide to Further Reading


Jonathan Wolff's An Introduction to Political Philosophy is still the best introduction to the subject that I know. It guides the reader through deep questions in a way that is clear, approachable and thought-provoking. - Profes sor Michael Rosen, Department of Government, Harvard University, USA

This is one of the very best introductions to political philosophy. It is informal yet in no way dumbed down, and it conveys the importance and interest of political philosophy to students. - Dr James Hampshire, University of Sussex, UK

This is an excellent introductory text because of the admirable clarity, elegance, and accessibility of its prose. The book is very well conceived and covers the most important figures and problems in a deft and thoughtful manner. - Dr James Skidmore, Idaho State University, USA