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The Political Philosophy of Needs

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  • Date Published: February 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034043

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  • Lawrence Hamilton argues for the rehabilitation of the concept of "human needs" as central to politics and political theory. Contemporary political philosophy has focused on issues of justice and welfare, excluding the important issues of political participation, democratic sovereignty, and the satisfaction of human needs, with a deleterious effect on political practice. Hamilton's argument is enhanced throughout by his development of topics such as autonomy, recognition, rights, civil society, liberalism, and democracy.

    • An interesting contribution to political philosophy/political theory
    • Succinctly and cogently argued
    • Shows how social and political institutions can become more responsive to human needs
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    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034043
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Liberalism's rights-preferences couple
    2. Beyond the rights-preferences couple
    3. The form and outline of the argument
    Part I. The Nature of Needs:
    4. Need categories
    5. Vital needs
    6. Particular social needs
    7. Agency needs
    8. The natures of needs: historical, normative, political
    Part II. The Formation and Interpretation of Needs:
    9. Generation and legitimation
    10. Normative power and the institution of private property
    11. Perception and interpretation
    12. Oppression and need
    13. True interests
    14. The concepts of true interest
    Part III. The Political Evaluation of Needs:
    15. Freedom and rights: a critique of the concept of 'civil society'
    16. Practices, institutions, and the evaluation of institutions
    17. Roles: reclaiming the census
    18. Practical reason and practical imperatives
    Part IV. The State of Needs:
    19. The state
    20. The modern state, coercion and power
    21. The state as ultimate evaluator and guarantor for meeting needs
    22. Need priority: practical not theoretical
    23. Political participation: procedural and institutional proposals
    24. Legitimacy and paternalism
    25. States of needs
    Conclusion: What needs to be done? The case of South Africa
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Lawrence A. Hamilton, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
    Lawrence Hamilton is Mellon Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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