Arguing About Political Philosophy
Edited by Matt Zwolinski
Routledge – 2009 – 674 pages
Series: Arguing About Philosophy
Arguing About Political Philosophy is an engaging survey of political philosophy perfect for beginning and advanced undergraduates. Selections cover classic philosophical sources such as Rousseau and Locke, as well as contemporary writers such as Nozick and Dworkin. In addition, this text includes a number of readings drawn from economics, literature, and sociology which serve to introduce philosophical questions about politics in a novel and intriguing way. As well as standard topics such as political authority and distributive justice, special attention is given to global issues which have become especially pressing in recent years, such as the right of individuals or groups to secede, the nature of global distributive justice, the morality of immigration, and the moral status of war and terrorism.
The volume is divided into 3 parts–Foundational Concepts; Government, the Economy and Morality; and Global Justice–helping the student get to grips with classic and core arguments and emerging debates in:
Matt Zwolinski provides lucid and engaging introductions to each section, giving an overview of the debate and outlining the arguments of each section’s readings. Arguing About Political Philosophy is an exciting introduction for students new to political philosophy.
'A formidable contribution as a general introduction to political philosophy. The book's contents are rich enough that it will outlast the reader's tenure as a beginner. The essays and excerpts included therein are worthy of repeat reading, will give even old hands the opportunity to see ideas presented in new and interesting ways.' - James Wakefield, e-International Relations Student Book Features, September 2012
'Arguing About Political Philosophy is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the field of political philosophy. It is perfect both for beginners and for more advanced students wanting to know why the field’s cutting edge has taken its current shape. This is the best collection of its kind.' – David Schmidtz, University of Arizona, USA
'Drawing from an all-star cast of classic and contemporary readings that are framed by clear and concise introductions, Matt Zwolinksi’s Arguing About Political Philosophy is a superb introduction to thinking about the proper relationship that should hold between governments and individuals. Not only is this volume splendidly organized, but it covers a wealth of approaches and issues that are often omitted in more conventional anthologies. I can think of no other anthology of political philosophy that has both the breadth and depth of this book.' – James S. Taylor, The College of New Jersey, USA
'Matt Zwolinski has put together an excellent textbook on political philosophy. He opens with the fundamental questions of whether and why we need authority in the first place, then covers such key issues as rights, equality, democracy, justice, and political economy, and then concludes with topics such as immigration, war, and global justice. The selections, ranging from classic to contemporary, are first-rate, on-point, well-organized, and expertly introduced. Zwolinski has done students and professors a huge service in editing this impressive textbook.' – Aeon J. Skoble, Bridgewater State College USA
Part 1 – Foundational Concepts
Matt Zwolinski is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, and a co-director of USD’s Institute for Law and Philosophy. He has published on issues of exploitation and market exchange, and on the nature and value of liberty in political philosophy.