Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction 2nd Edition
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`Review of second edition: 'Kymlicka has an exceptional ability to present difficult material in an accessible manner that nevertheless allows the reader to understand why the issue is complex and why it matters. The chapters are clearly written, pitched at the right level, and cover the territory'' Dr Matt Matravers, University of York
Review of second edition: '(The) changes make this edition sill more attractive and useful than the first. Its depth, lucidity and rigour mark it out as one of the better introductions on the market for anyone who wishes seriously to engage with the important recent debates within contemporary liberal theory. It stands out as that rare introductory book that offers the hard analytical work required if one is really to get to grips with the issues.' THES
`Review of first edition: 'Kymlicka has given us a superb book that might serve as a central text in both introductory and advanced courses in political philosophy...Kymlicka's striking achievement is to have presented a sophisticated philosophical analysis in clear, non-technical language readily intellible to any alternative reader...'' David Stern, Teaching Philosophy
`Review of first edition: `... For a higher-level undergraduate or graduate course on contemporary political philosophy it would be ideal. Moreover, it is a serious work in political philosophy deserving the attention and respect of the mature political-philosophical community'' James Child, Philosophical Quarterly
About the Author
Will Kymlicka is Professor of Philosophy at Queens University, Canada
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (October 25, 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0198782748
- ISBN-13 : 978-0198782742
- Item Weight : 1.67 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.54 x 6 x 1.09 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #344,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now imagine if these arguments weren't with and among your friends, but rather the smartest people who think and write about these things for a living -- and not stodgy historical figures whose continued relevance you might question, but rather people from the past 50 years writing about the issues that face our countries today. And you've got this book.
I consider this book a masterpiece in that it achieves something I've never seen before: it is simultaneously 100% rigorously and enthusiasticly academic, yet it is accessible to anyone who wants to genuinely understand the issues at hand. Kymlicka is not to be congratulated just on its both wide-ranging and intricate coverage... but also on his sheer skills of organizing, writing, and arguing. He manages to inspire a kind of genuine wonder at just how many questions there are, how incredibly hard they are to answer, how many good arguments there are on so many sides, and yet how import they remain.
Contemporary political philosophy (the subject, not this book) is an odd beast: simultaneously one of the most niche and unknown subjects (how many people are even aware of it?), yet also arguably the most important subject of all as the answers we choose to its questions (again, often unaware of our choices) ultimately determine how we choose to get along or not get along with each other -- of more importance than ever in the age of Trump, Brexit, and so on.
Kymlicka's book is the best starting point I can imagine for someone who wants to seriously grapple with these questions together with the best thinkers of our time -- both to understand the conversation and find references for where to follow next. I have just two requests for him, though: 1) a third edition, please! and 2) to write a 200-page version for non-academic audiences that covers the exact same material, only in broader strokes, more ideas and less authors, and lots more examples -- e.g. one I can get for my Dad, who wasn't a political science major like me.
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Trevor Dunn (Cambridge)
Otherwise great book for anyone wanting to develop a knack for political philosophy and want to go deeper into the theories of it.