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An Introduction to Political Philosophy

Third Edition

Jonathan Wolff

Publication Date - February 2016

ISBN: 9780199658015

250 pages
8.5 x 5.4 inches

In Stock

A concise and lucid introductory text that helps students understand the central topics of political philosophy


Why should some have the right to pass power?

What would happen without government?

How much power should the state have?

An ideal introduction for students with no background in the subject, An Introduction to Political Philosophy, Third Edition, combines clarity and a conversational style with a thought-provoking account of the central questions in political philosophy.

Author Jonathan Wolff explores the subject through a series of enduring and timeless questions, jumping centuries and millennia to explore the most influential answers and demonstrate how political philosophy is relevant to contemporary issues.

New to this Edition

  • Completely revised, including rewritten material on human rights and additional coverage of deliberative democracy
  • The expanded final chapter now covers multiculturalism and global justice, reflecting many of the concerns of current political philosophy
  • An updated guide to further reading

About the Author(s)

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 in a Changing World
    Guide to Further Reading

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