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Description - Political Concepts and Political Theories by Gerald Gaus

Political Concepts and Political Theories introduces political theory by focusing on enduring disputes about the nature of freedom, power, equality, justice, democracy, and authority. The first part of the book examines the nature of these disputes. It clarifies what we are disagreeing about when we offer different interpretations of political concepts, and why our disagreements about them are so difficult to resolve. Providing accessible accounts of the views of Plato, Wittgenstein, and recent theorists such as Gallie, Gaus argues that our interpretation of a political concept such as liberty is not freestanding but linked to our understandings of power, equality, justice, democracy, and other values. To understand a particular political concept, Gaus argues, we must place it in a political theory, which constitutes a system of such concepts. The second part of the book examines the ways in which liberal, socialist, and conservative thinkers have interpreted these enduring political concepts. Gaus considers a wide range of classical and contemporary advocates of these theories. Political Concepts and Political Theories presents in an accessible way an innovative approach to the analysis of political concepts and the study of political theory. As such, it will be of interest both to those looking at political concepts and political theories for the first time, as well as to scholars who have already examined these issues.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813333311
ISBN-10: 0813333318
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gerald Gaus

Gerald F. Gaus is professor of philosophy at Tulane University. He has been professor of and political science at the University of Minnesota, Duluth professor of ethics and public philosophy at Queensland University of Technology, Australia research fellow at the Australian National University visiting research fellow at the University of New England, New South Wales and visiting scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy centre, Bowling Green State University. He is the author of The Modern Liberal Theory of Man (1983), Value and Justification (1990), Justificatory Liberalism (1996), and Social Philosophy (1999). With Stanley Benn, he edited Public and Private in Social Life (1983), and with F. B. D'Agostino, he edited Public Reason (1998). With William Street, he edited Bernard Bosanquet's The Philosophical Theory of the State and Related Essays (2000). He is co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy and co-founding editor of PPE: A Journal of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

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