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An Introduction to Political Philosophy

Fourth Edition

Jonathan Wolff

Publication Date - March 2023

ISBN: 9780192847904

272 pages
Paperback
8.5 x 5.3 inches

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

Description

Who should hold political power?

Are there any justified limits to people's liberty?

What is democracy? Is it really that attractive?

An Introduction to Political Philosophy is the beginner's ideal introduction to the field, combining clarity and a conversational style with a thought-provoking account of the central questions in political philosophy.

Wolff explores a series of enduring and timeless questions, spanning centuries and millennia to consider a diverse range of thinkers and their responses to those questions, and to demonstrate how political philosophy helps us understand contemporary issues.

Digital formats and resources

An Introduction to Political Philosophy is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with tutorial style videos by the renowned political philosopher, Jo Wolff, to help you get to grips with the central questions in political philosophy, and learn at your own pace.

New to this Edition

  • Revised and updated to diversify the text throughout, in terms of the thinkers considered, the examples used, and the further reading recommended.
  • Each chapter, when accessed digitally, includes tutorial-style videos from the author to help students understand the key questions and controversies in political philosophy and encourage them to form their own opinion.
  • The final chapter has been expanded to reflect current issues around gender identity, equal rights, and oppression.

Features

  • Written by the renowned political philosopher, Jo Wolff, this is the most succinct, lucid, and thought-provoking introduction to the key questions and controversies dominating political philosophy
  • Structured around the main issues of political philosophy, Wolff introduces readers to writings from a diverse range of thinkers, 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

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Wolff, Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Jonathan Wolff is the Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Government, and Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Professor Wolff has a long-standing interest in equality, disadvantage, social justice, and poverty.

Table of Contents

    Introduction

    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