Matt Zwolinski, PhD, Releases Second Edition of 'Arguing About Political Philosophy'

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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The second edition of USD Philosophy Professor Matt Zwolinski's textbook, Arguing About Political Philosophy, is being published by Routledge in May, 2014. 

Arguing About Political Philosophy is the most complete, up-to-date, and interdisciplinary anthology of its kind. Its selections cover both classic philosophical sources such as Hobbes and Rousseau, and contemporary figures such as Robert Nozick and G.A. Cohen. But additional excerpts from economists, psychologists, novelists, and legal theorists help students from diverse intellectual backgrounds to connect with and appreciate the problems and distinctive methodology of political philosophy.

This second edition also goes beyond any other anthology on the market in its coverage of traditionally under-represented views such as libertarianism, neo-socialism, feminism, and critical race theory. And it is one of the only anthologies to go beyond A Theory of Justice in its coverage of the political thought of John Rawls.

The new companion website offers valuable resources for instructors and students alike, including sample quizzes, exams, and writing assignments, extensive study questions for each reading, and an online version of the "What’s Your Political Philosophy" self-assessment.

“Browsing the table of contents of Zwolinski’s Arguing About Political Philosophy got me eager to teach Introduction to Political Philosophy next time using this text. The readings are well chosen and combine classic texts and state of the art recent work on a broad range of crucial topics within political philosophy better than any other introductory text I know of. I will surely be using this excellent text.” - David Sobel, Syracuse University

“It’s unusual for a textbook to possess both breadth and depth, but Zwolinski achieves just that. Debates over the meaning of central political concepts, and their reflection in several salient current political issues, are presented through a range of carefully selected readings representing both mainstream and other positions, historical and contemporary. The result is a strongly engaging introduction to the concerns of political philosophy.” – Hillel Steiner, University of Manchester

"This book is like a time machine, right from your own armchair or library carrel! One of the things students find scary about philosophy is the emphasis on "mastering thinkers." The recent resurgence in interest in studying philosophy has been caused in part by a reorientation toward problems. You can't study problems without time travel: what would Hume have thought of Rawls? How would Hobbes have reacted to Martin Luther King? Arguing About Political Philosophy is a portal to the kind of intellectual time travel that reveals why philosophy is at the core of a liberal education." - Michael Munger, Duke University


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