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Putting Ideas to Work

A Practical Introduction to Political Thought
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ISBN-13:
9781461641599
Seiten:
480
Autor:
Mark Mattern
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In this new text, Mark Mattern offers a unique alternative to the traditional approaches to the study and teaching of political philosophy. Rather than approaching it solely as a world of abstractions,
Putting Ideas to Work emphasizes its practical task. Political ideas drawn from historical and analytical political philosophy are used to help rethink current public problems and imagine potential solutions to them.
In this innovative new text, Mark Mattern offers a unique alternative to the traditional approaches to the study and teaching of political philosophy. Rather than approaching it solely as a world of abstractions, Putting Ideas to Work emphasizes its practical task. Political ideas drawn from historical and analytical political philosophy are used to help rethink current public problems and imagine potential solutions to them.




Putting Ideas to Work is organized around five central tensions in political theory and practice: individual and community, freedom and equality, justice and political order, democracy and capitalism, and power and citizenship. Each section begins with a description and analysis of several contemporary public problems arising from these tensions. Key political thinkers are then drawn upon to help understand the genesis of the public problems, and to offer alternative ways of thinking about them. The text is anchored throughout to an idea of strong democracy that functions as a standard against which theory and practice are measured.
Part 1 Introduction

Part 2 The Individual and the Community

Chapter 3 Radical Individualism and the Tragedy of the Commons

Chapter 4 Democractic Community

Part 5 Freedom and Equality

Chapter 6 Radical Inequality and Its Roots

Chapter 7 More Freedom
and Equality

Part 8 Justice and Political Order

Chapter 9 Thrasymachus Was Right

Chapter 10 No peace Without Justice

Part 11 Democracy and Capitalism

Chapter 12 An Unhappy Marriage

Chapter 13 Democracy As a Way of Life

Part 14 Power and Citizenship

Chapter 15 Power and th Disappearing Citizen

Chapter 16 Power and the Revival of Citizenship