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Description - Women, Political Philosophy and Politics by Liz Sperling

This text explores the interface between political philosophy and politics, looking at the effects of philosophical traditions on the contemporary relationship between women and politics. Analyzing key concepts in political philosophy, the book illustrates how common ideas - entrenched in the development of political thought and practice - have become almost intractable "truths" that continue to differentiate between the sexes in politics. Liz Sperling looks in detail at the works of Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, Rawls and Nozick, considering general themes to which they have all contributed - such as the state of nature, the state, markets, citizenship and representation. The focus of the book then turns to the specific contributions of the philosophers that continue to influence the association of women to politics. These include an analysis of Greek classicists' establishment of andocracy, Rousseau's treatise on education for citizenship, and 19th-century ideas of equality. In conclusion, the themes demonstrated throughout are drawn together to show how they translate into contemporary policy on women in politics. Offering an insight into the ways in which political thought influences political practice, this book should be valuable reading in a key area of politics, philosophy and women's studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748611089
ISBN-10: 0748611088
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Liz Sperling

Senior Lecturer in Politics at Liverpool John Moores University.