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Introducing Political Philosophy

A Policy-Driven Approach

Andrew Walton, William Abel, Elizabeth Kahn, and Tom Parr

18 February 2021

ISBN: 9780198783275

296 pages

In Stock

Price: £27.99

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.



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.

  • Demonstrates the importance of political philosophy by connecting disputes about public policy to philosophical ideas.
  • An accessible and comprehensive text that introduces readers to a wide array of major topics in political philosophy.
  • Written by an expert team of authors, this engaging and thought-provoking introduction to political philosophy is designed for students who are taking their first steps in the discipline.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support.

About the Author(s)

Andrew Walton, Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy, Newcastle University, William Abel, Senior Economist, Bank of England, Elizabeth Kahn, Assistant Professor in Political Theory, Durham University, and Tom Parr, Associate Professor in Political Theory, University of Warwick

Dr Andrew Walton is a Senior Lecturer in the Politics Department at Newcastle University, and he researches issues in trade justice, economics ethics, and housing policy.

Mr William Abel is a Senior Economist at the Bank of England, and he works on labour markets, housing, and consumer spending.

Dr Elizabeth Kahn is an Assistant Professor in Political Theory in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, and she researches the relationship between structural injustices and the obligations of individuals.

Dr Tom Parr is an Associate Professor in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, and he researches issues relating to egalitarianism, economic justice, and the future of work.

Table of Contents

    1:Doing Political Philosophy
    2:Euthanasia and Freedom
    3:Hate Speech and Freedom of Expression
    4:Recreational Drugs and Paternalism
    5:Affirmative Action and Discrimination
    6:Schools and Equality of Opportunity
    7:Basic Income and Distributive Justice
    8:Parental Leave and Gender Equality
    9:Minority Exemptions and Multiculturalism
    10:Judicial Review and Democracy
    11:Prison Sentences and Punishment
    12:Intensive Animal Farming and Moral Status
    13:Environmental Taxes and Intergenerational Justice
    14:Immigration and the Political Community
    15:Development Aid and Global Justice
    16:Humanitarian Intervention and Political Self-Determination

Additional Resources

Introducing Political Philosophy is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with hyperlinks a list of web-links, and self-test questions, helping to test your knowledge and understanding of policy areas, and the philosophical arguments that influence them: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The online resources to accompany the book include:

For students:

- a curated list of websites help you to deepen your knowledge of policy areas
- self-test questions help you to critically evaluate key points from each chapter

For registered adopters of the book:
- seminar activities to encourage student engagement, discussion and debate
- guidance on using the teaching activities
- a teaching guide explaining how to get the most out of the book's inside-out approach
- customisable PowerPoint slides on key topics, thinkers, and concepts to aid effective teaching preparation