A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy: Edition 2

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This new edition of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy has been extended significantly to include 55 chapters across two volumes written by some of today's most distinguished scholars.
  • New contributors include some of today’s most distinguished scholars, among them Thomas Pogge, Charles Beitz, and Michael Doyle
  • Provides in-depth coverage of contemporary philosophical debate in all major related disciplines, such as economics, history, law, political science, international relations and sociology
  • Presents analysis of key political ideologies, including new chapters on Cosmopolitanism and Fundamentalism
  • Includes detailed discussions of major concepts in political philosophy, including virtue, power, human rights, and just war
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Robert E. Goodin is a Distinguished Professor jointly of Philosophy and of Social & Political Theory in the Research School of Social Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. General Editor of a 10-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Science and founding editor of Blackwell’s Journal of Political Philosophy, Goodin served as co-editor of the British Journal of Political Science and Associate Editor of Ethics.

Philip Pettit, formerly of the Australian National University, is now L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University. He works in moral and political theory and on background issues in philosophical psychology and social ontology.

Thomas Pogge is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and Professorial Fellow at the ANU Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. He is editor for social and political philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Feb 17, 2009
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Worldwide, human lives are rapidly improving. Education, health-care, technology, and political participation are becoming ever more universal, empowering human beings everywhere to enjoy security, economic sufficiency, equal citizenship, and a life in dignity. To be sure, there are some specially difficult areas disfavoured by climate, geography, local diseases, unenlightened cultures or political tyranny. Here progress is slow, and there may be set-backs. But the affluent states and many international organizations are working steadily to extend the blessings of modernity through trade and generous development assistance, and it won't be long until the last pockets of severe oppression and poverty are gone.

Heavily promoted by Western governments and media, this comforting view of the world is widely shared, at least among the affluent. Pogge's new book presents an alternative view: Poverty and oppression persist on a massive scale; political and economic inequalities are rising dramatically both intra-nationally and globally. The affluent states and the international organizations they control knowingly contribute greatly to these evils - selfishly promoting rules and policies harmful to the poor while hypocritically pretending to set and promote ambitious development goals. Pogge's case studies include the $1/day poverty measurement exercise, the cosmetic statistics behind the first Millennium Development Goal, the War on Terror, and the proposed relaxation of the constraints on humanitarian intervention. A powerful moral analysis that shows what Western states would do if they really cared about the values they profess.

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