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The Moral Foundations of Politics

Shapiro, Ian

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ISBN 10: 0300185456 / ISBN 13: 9780300185454
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2012. Reprint. Paperback. Investigates a political dilemma, and evaluates answers that have been proposed in the utilitarian, Marxist, social contract, anti-Enlightenment, and democratic traditions. Series: The Open Yale Courses. Num Pages: 302 pages, 8 graphs. BIC Classification: HPS; JPA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 232 x 151 x 20. Weight in Grams: 456. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780300185454

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Title: The Moral Foundations of Politics

Publisher: Yale University Press

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

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When do governments merit our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? Ian Shapiro explores this most enduring of political dilemmas in this innovative and engaging book. Building on his highly popular Yale courses, Professor Shapiro evaluates the main contending accounts of the sources of political legitimacy. Starting with theorists of the Enlightenment, he examines the arguments put forward by utilitarians, Marxists, and theorists of the social contract. Next he turns to the anti-Enlightenment tradition that stretches from Edmund Burke to contemporary post-modernists. In the last part of the book Shapiro examines partisans and critics of democracy from Plato’s time until our own. He concludes with an assessment of democracy’s strengths and limitations as the font of political legitimacy. The book offers a lucid and accessible introduction to urgent ongoing conversations about the sources of political allegiance.

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Also available by Ian Shapiro: Democratic Justice; Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory

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