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Readings in Political Philosophy 

Readings in Political Philosophy

Theory and Applications

Edited by: Diane Jeske & Richard Fumerton

Publication Date: December 20, 2011
1000pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551117652 / 1551117657

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This anthology surveys important issues in Western political philosophy from Plato to the present day. Its aim is to show both the continuity and the development of political thought over time. Each unit begins with readings on the fundamental theoretical principles underlying political discourse. Theory is then connected to practice in readings on contemporary issues as well as court cases and other political documents.

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"If I could be a student again, this is how I would want to learn political philosophy! As a teacher of political philosophy, I cannot now imagine using any other text than Professors Fumerton's and Jeske's Readings in Political Philosophy. This unusual and quite ingenious collection of essays drives home political philosophy's allegiance to moral theory, on one hand, and its responsibility to legal theory, on the other. This is a brilliant anthology that makes political philosophy simultaneously more philosophical and more practical than it has ever before been conceived." – Heidi M. Hurd, University of Illinois

"This anthology offers new perspectives on timeless questions. Jeske and Fumerton present more than just an impressive list of readings in political philosophy. Historical texts meet contemporary theories and applications within a thematically organized format. With its dynamic structure and rich content, this anthology is bound to move instructors and inspire students."  – Idil Boran, York University

"A magnificent compendium of theory and application, guaranteed to engage readers with the centuries-long conversation about core ideals and values in political life and to illustrate the relevance of those ideals and values in contemporary law and policy. A terrific textbook for introducing students of any age to political philosophy." - Rob Reich, Stanford University

Diane Jeske is Professor of Philosophy, University of Iowa. Richard Fumerton is F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy, University of Iowa.

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Preface

General Introduction

Unit I: The State of Nature and the Nature of the State: Understanding Political Obligation

Introduction

A. Classical Social Contract Theory and Contemporary Developments

  1. Plato, selection from The Republic
  2. Thomas Hobbes, selection from Leviathan
  3. John Locke, selection from The Second Treatise of Government
  4. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, selection from The Social Contract
  5. David Gauthier, selection from Morals by Agreement
  6. Robert Nozick, selection from Anarchy, State, and Utopia
  7. John Rawls, selection from A Theory of Justice

B. Critiques of Contract Theory

  1. David Hume, "Of the Original Contract"
  2. A. John Simmons, selection from Moral Principles and Political Obligation
  3. Carole Pateman, "Contract, the Individual, and Slavery"
  4. Charles W. Mills, "Race and the Social Contract Tradition"

C. Alternatives to Contract Theory

Fair Play

  1. Robert Nozick, selection from Anarchy, State, and Utopia
  2. Richard Arneson, "The Principle of Fairness and Free-Rider Problems"

Associative Obligations

  1. Samuel Scheffler, selection from "Relationships and Responsibilities"
  2. Diane Jeske, "Special Obligations and the Problem of Political Obligations"

D. Applications

  1. Thomas Jefferson, et al., Declaration of Independence
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
  3. Henry David Thoreau "Civil Disobedience"
  4. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  5. H.L.A. Hart, selection from The Concept of Law

Unit II: Rights, Liberty, and the Limits of Government

What, if anything, are Rights?

Introduction

A. The Nature of Rights

  1. UN Declaration of Human Rights
  2. Jeremy Bentham, selection from "Anarchical Fallacies"
  3. John Stuart Mill, selection from Utilitarianism
  4. H.L.A. Hart, "Are There Any Natural Rights?"
  5. Robert Nozick, selection from Anarchy, State, and Utopia
  6. Diane Jeske and Richard Fumerton, "The Right and Wrong Ways to Think About Rights and Wrongs"

B. Utilitarianism and Rights

  1. Jeremy Bentham, selection from The Principles of Morals and Legislation
  2. John Stuart Mill, selection from Utilitarianism
  3. E.F. Carritt, selection from Ethical and Political Thinking
  4. J.J.C. Smart, selection from Utilitarianism: For and Against (with Bernard Williams)
  5. L.W. Sumner, "Rights"

C. Do We Have a Right to Liberty?

  1. Thomas Hobbes, selection from Leviathan
  2. John Stuart Mill, selection from On Liberty
  3. Isaiah Berlin, selection from "Two Concepts of Liberty"
  4. Milton Friedman, selection from Capitalism and Freedom
  5. Ronald Dworkin, "What Rights Do We Have?"

D. The Enforcement of Morality

  1. John Stuart Mill, selection from On Liberty
  2. Patrick Devlin, "Morals and the Criminal Law"
  3. Joel Feinberg, selection from Offense to Others
  4. George Sher, "Liberal Neutrality and the Value of Autonomy"

E. Applications

Free Speech

  1. National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie
  2. R. v. Keegstra
  3. Owens v. Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission)
  4. Adam Liptak, "Hate Speech or Free Speech? What Much of West Bans is Protected in U.S." 
  5. Texas v. Johnson
  6. R. v. Butler
  7. Miller v. California
  8. Ronald Dworkin, "Do We Have a Right to Pornography?"
  9. American Booksellers Association v. Hudnut
  10. Catharine MacKinnon, selection from Toward a Feminist Theory of the State

Sex, Freedom and Marriage

  1. Bradwell v. Illinois
  2. John Stuart Mill, selection from The Subjection of Women
  3. Bowers v. Hardwick
  4. Lawrence v. Texas
  5. Susan Moller Okin, selection from Justice, Gender, and the Family
  6. Andrew Sullivan, "Here Comes the Groom: A Conservative Case for Gay Marriage"
  7. Loving v. Virginia
  8. Selection from Marriage Cases, Supreme Court of California
  9. Statement of Proposition 8 (California state election, 2008)
  10. State (Utah) v Holm
  11. Cheshire Calhoun, "Who's Afraid of Polygamous Marriage? Lessons for Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy from the History of Polygamy"
  12. James Q. Wilson, "Against Homosexual Marriage"

Unit III: Property and the Distribution of Resources

Introduction

A. Historical Perspectives

  1. Plato, selection from The Republic
  2. John Locke, selection from The Second Treatise of Government
  3. David Hume, selection from Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
  4. Adam Smith, Selection from The Wealth of Nations

B. Contemporary Developments

  1. Milton Friedman, selection from Capitalism and Freedom
  2. Robert Nozick, selection from Anarchy, State, and Utopia
  3. Gerald A. Cohen, "Illusions about Private Property and Freedom"
  4. John Rawls, selection from A Theory of Justice
  5. Henry Shue, "Security and Subsistence"

C. Applications

  1. Michael Walzer, selections from Spheres of Justice
  2. Milton Friedman, selection from Capitalism and Freedom
  3. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, selection from The Communist Manifesto
  4. Kelo v. New London

Unit IV: Responses to Injustice

Introduction

A. The State’s Regulation of Itself: Theories of Punishment and Restitution

  1. Thomas Hobbes, selection from Leviathan
  2. Jeremy Bentham, selection from The Principles of Morals and Legislation
  3. Michael Moore, "Retribution"
  4. Joel Feinberg, selection from Doing and Deserving
  5. Randy Barnett, "Restitution: A New Paradigm of Criminal Justice"
  6. Thomas E. Hill, Jr., "The Message of Affirmative Action"

B. Applications

  1. Furman v. Georgia
  2. Woodson v. North Carolina
  3. Kindler v. Canada (Minister of Justice), 1991
  4. Regents of the University of California v. Bakke
  5. Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger
  6. Tuneen Chisolm, "Sweep Around Your Own Front Door: Examining the Argument for Legislative African American Reparations"

C. Radical Solutions At Home and Abroad: Secession, Revolution, and War

  1. Thomas Hobbes, selection from Leviathan
  2. John Locke, selection from The Second Treatise of Government
  3. Allen Buchanan, "Secession and Nationalism"
  4. Niccolò Machiavelli, selection from The Prince
  5. Hugo Grotius, selection from On the Law of War and Peace
  6. Michael Walzer, selections from Obligations: Essays on Disobedience, War, and Citizenship
  7. Thomas Nagel, "War and Massacre"
  8. Tomis Kapitan, "Can Terrorism Be Justified?"

D. Applications

  1. David Gauthier, "Breaking Up: An Essay on Secession"
  2. Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural
  3. G.E.M. Anscombe, "Mr. Truman's Degree"
  4. David Mellow, "A Morally Justified Resort to War"

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