Introducing Political Philosophy: A Policy-Driven Approach

ISBN : 9780198783275

Will Abel; Elizabeth Kahn; Tom Parr; Andrew Walton
296 ページ
171 x 246 mm
  • Demonstrates the importance of political philosophy by connecting disputes about public policy to philosophical ideas.
  • An accessible and comprehensive text that introduces readers to a wide array of major topics in political philosophy.
  • Written by an expert team of authors, this engaging and thought-provoking introduction to political philosophy is designed for students who are taking their first steps in the discipline.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support.

Introducing Political Philosophy is a thought-provoking introduction that invites readers to consider and analyse the philosophical controversies that underpin several prominent areas of political debate.
The opening chapter familiarises students with the aims and methods of political philosophy. It explains the tools required to practice the discipline, and discusses how to apply these to political arguments. Each of the fifteen subsequent chapters focuses on a distinct area of public policy, such as affirmative action, humanitarian intervention, immigration, and parental leave. The authors introduce students to the moral questions that lie at the  heart of these political disputes, as well as to some of the relevant academic literature.
The authors believe that the best way to learn about political philosophy is to see it in action. By arguing for a position in each chapter and defending it against criticisms, they demonstrate to students how political philosophy can inform our analysis of public policy.


1:Doing Political Philosophy
2:Euthanasia and Freedom
3:Hate Speech and Freedom of Expression
4:Recreational Drugs and Paternalism
5:Affirmative Action and Discrimination
6:Schools and Equality of Opportunity
7:Basic Income and Distributive Justice
8:Parental Leave and Gender Equality
9:Minority Exemptions and Multiculturalism
10:Judicial Review and Democracy
11:Prison Sentences and Punishment
12:Intensive Animal Farming and Moral Status
13:Environmental Taxes and Intergenerational Justice
14:Immigration and the Political Community
15:Development Aid and Global Justice
16:Humanitarian Intervention and Political Self-Determination


Andrew Walton, Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy, Newcastle University, William Abel, Senior Economist, Bank of England, Elizabeth Kahn, Assistant Professor in Political Theory, Durham University, and Tom Parr, Associate Professor in Political Theory, University of Warwick
Dr Andrew Walton is a Senior Lecturer in the Politics Department at Newcastle University, and he researches issues in trade justice, economics ethics, and housing policy.
Mr William Abel is a Senior Economist at the Bank of England, and he works on labour markets, housing, and consumer spending.
Dr Elizabeth Kahn is an Assistant Professor in Political Theory in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, and she researches the relationship between structural injustices and the obligations of individuals.
Dr Tom Parr is an Associate Professor in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, and he researches issues relating to egalitarianism, economic justice, and the future of work.