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Political Philosophy

A. John Simmons

Publication Date - May 2007

ISBN: 9780195138023

192 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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The most recent addition to the Fundamentals of Philosophy Series, Political Philosophy is a concise yet thorough and highly engaging introduction to the essential problems of the discipline. Organized topically and presented in a straightforward manner by an eminent political philosopher, A. John Simmons, it investigates the nature and basis of political authority and the structure and organization of political life. Each chapter focuses on a central problem, considers how it could be addressed, and outlines the various philosophical positions surrounding it. Covering both historical and contemporary work, this unique text offers a survey of major concepts and debates while also reflecting the author's views and contributions. Accessible to novices yet also useful for advanced students, Political Philosophy presents a unified and accessible portrait of the issues that have been puzzling political philosophers for years.


"Political Philosophy is excellent. It presents a comprehensive point of departure for anyone interested in social and political philosophy. This is a must-read not just for undergraduates and graduates but also for anyone interested in political philosophy. Simmons's arguments are straightforward and subtle yet feisty and engaging."--Ajume H. Wingo, Harvard University

Table of Contents

    1. Morals and Politics
    2. States?
    3. Obligations
    4. Justice
    5. Democracy
    6. The World of States

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