Understand Political Philosophy
Understand Political Philosophy provides a general introduction to the subject, and is particularly suitable for students at A Level - whether taking Philosophy, Politics and Government, or General Studies.
It is readable and with a light touch, although covering the ground in terms of background knowledge for academic study.
It shows how an awareness of political philosophy helps to disentangle and clarify everyday political issues.
Key qestions for this branch of philosophy...
What is the good life, and how is it achieved?
How does politics contribute to the well-being or otherwise of humankind?
What sort of society will best allow its citizens to flourish?
What do we really mean by equality, justice, freedom and so on?
Is it ever right to go to war, or to rebel against a government?
What responsibility should governments have for the global issues or terrorist or the environment?
304 pages packed with what you need to get into Political Philosophy!
It seems to me that there is nothing more immediate and relevant than the question 'What is the good life, and how may it be achieved?'
Whether or not we take a direct interest in national or local politics, we cannot avoid being caught up in the laws, traditions and values of the society within which we life, and the 'good life' (whatever we mean by that) cannot practically be achieved in isolation from other people.
Hence, even for those sceptical about the political process or the integrity of politicians, it is always going to be worthwhile to stop and reflect on the values we hold and the sort of society we want to live in.
I hope that this book, which inevitably tries to cover a wide range of topics in a very short space, will encourage you to explore these things further, and to reflect on all the crucial issues - about individual freedom, justice, equality, the use of power, warfare, human rights and so on - that form the bedrock of political debate.