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The History of Political Theory and Other Essays

The History of Political Theory and Other Essays


  • Date Published: December 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521497848

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  • In this collection of essays, John Dunn brings his characteristically acute and penetrative insight to a wide range of political issues. In the first essay, 'The history of political theory', Professor Dunn argues for the importance of a historical perspective in the study of political thought. Other pieces engage with central concepts of political philosophy such as obligation, trust, freedom of conscience and property. A group of studies tackle specific contemporary problems and future dangers, for example racism and the dilemma of humanitarian intervention. The volume as a whole articulates the many dangers, but also the huge importance of, contemporary politics, and provides a representative collection of work by one of the most astute political commentators writing today.

    • Author is one of the most distinguished political theorists/ commentators writing today
    • Collection of recent essays, several appearing in English for the first time
    • Encompasses and combines historical perspectives, central issues of political theory, and contemporary problems
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    • Date Published: December 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521497848
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The history of political theory
    3. Contractualism
    4. Political obligation
    5. Trust
    6. The claim to freedom of conscience: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of worship?
    7. Property, justice and common good after socialism
    8. The dilemma of humanitarian intervention: the executive power of the Law of Nature after God
    9. Specifying and understanding racism
    10. Political science, political theory, and policymaking in an interdependent world
    11. Democracy: the politics of making, defending and exemplifying community: Europe 1992
    12. Is there a contemporary crisis of the nation state?
    13. Political and economic obstacles to rapid collective learning
    14. The heritage and future of the European left.

  • Author

    John Dunn, University of Cambridge

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