Political Philosophy: Classic and Contemporary Readings

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While many anthologies cover ancient and modern classics, Political Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings is the only anthology to cover both modern classics and contemporary works. The issues covered are what seem the burning philosophical issues of our time: the justification of the State; theories of justice; liberty; State neutrality versus moral perfectionism; equality and equal opportunity; the nature and scope of rights; national sovereignty, cosmopolitanism, and World government; and International politics including foreign aid, military intervention and immigration. Each part begins with an introduction to the problems debated in that part. Each selection is introduced with a biographical sketch of the author and an abstract of the reading, so that students can obtain an orientation to what they are about to read.

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CONTEMPORARY WORKS: Most anthologies the cover ancient and modern classics, but there are none the cover these and contemporary works as Pojman does. Pojman has been using this list of readings in his class for a few years and has perfected this balanced collection according to student feedback.
WELL-BALANCED: Some anthologies are geared mainly to graduate students and neglect the modern classics. Others treat some of the issues that Pojman does, but with less impartiality and less breadth. Certain anthologies are extremely historical and have less of a grip on contemporary issues. Pojman is well-balanced, covering all important aspects of Political Philosophy for the appropriate, undergraduate audience.
IN-TEXT HELP FOR STUDENTS: The reader is pedagogically strong and includes more accessible selections and introductions to each of the seven parts. It also contains biographical sketches and abstracts of each reading at the beginning of the reading, so students will obtain an orientation to what they are about to read.
COMPING GUIDELINE: Find and comp to Political Philosophy and Social and Political Philosophy courses. Even at larger universities Political Philosophy has become a once-every-two-years course. Unlike our 1997 Cohen 3e which covered (with prejudice) only communism, fascism, and democracy, Pojman is much broader, representative of the field, friendlier, and contemporary.
BOOK'S POSITION: The only political philosophy anthology to cover both modern classics and contemporary works.

About the Author:

Dr. Louis Pojman is Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy. He has a Ph.D. in Religion and Ethics from Union Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Oxford University. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Hamburg. He has taught at Oxford University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Texas and the University of Mississippi before coming to West Point last year. He has won several Outstanding Teaching Awards and has been the President of the Society for Philosophy of Religion and an Associate Editor for The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He is the author of more than 25 books and more than 80 articles.

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