Political Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century

Essential Essays


By Steven M. Cahn

By Robert B. Talisse

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Moving beyond the work of Rawls and his critics, this concise collection contains critical essays in contemporary political philosophy. All have been chosen for their importance and accessibility, and some have been edited by their authors for inclusion in this work. Political Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century covers five main topics: equality, justice, liberty, democracy, and human rights. To assist readers, the editors have also provided section introduction and study questions as well as an overall introduction explaining the background to contemporary work in political philosophy. Beginning where most other anthologies in political philosophy conclude, this book can be used alone or in conjunction with any collection of historical sources.


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Sep 4, 2012
Page Count
304 pages

Steven M. Cahn

About the Author

Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of ten books, including God, Reason, and Religion; From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor; and Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia (25th Anniversary Edition). He has edited or coedited some forty books, including Thinking about Logic: Classic Essays (Westview Press); Political Philosophy: The Essential Texts; Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy; The Affirmative Action Debate; and Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education.

Robert B. Talisse is professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at Vanderbilt University. His books include Democracy and Moral Conflict; Pragmatism: A Guide for the Perplexed; A Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy; and Democracy after Liberalism. He has also coedited numerous volumes, including Thinking about Logic: Classic Essays (Westview Press); The Pragmatism Reader; Political Problems; and A Teacher's Life: Essays for Steven Cahn.

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