This book explores how the processes and practices of politics shape political values, such as liberty, justice, equality, and democracy. Mining the history of political episodes and political thinkers, including Caesar and Machiavelli, Mark Philp argues that it is through political activity that "values are articulated and embraced, and they become powerful motivating forces". "Political Conduct" is thus an attempt to inform and enrich political theory - to show that its principles would be more relevant to actual politics if they were immersed in history and practice. Philp argues for a separation between moral and political philosophy and proposes that a less abstract and ideal approach to political philosophy than that provided by Rawls, Dworkin, Nagel and Cohen would be more useful in illuminating the conduct of politicians and the limitations on what they can achieve.
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Author Biography - Mark Philp
Mark Philp is Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations and Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Oriel College, University of Oxford.