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By Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit, Thomas W. Pogge

ISBN-10: 1405136537

ISBN-13: 9781405136532

It is a first-class, yet incorrect booklet. such a lot key themes in modern political philosophy are coated, albeit from a virtually utterly analytic viewpoint. in spite of the fact that, there are a few confusing omissions. probably the most faults of the Goodin/ Pettit booklet is its powerful secularist bias. Theism isn't really easily neglected, it truly is denigrated, As Professor Elshtain mentioned in her evaluate, the authors look ignorant of the continual significance of religion in political existence and concept.

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Another example is happiness or utility, in the sense in which this is associated, as it is in the utilitarian tradition, with the balance of pleasure over pain or the absence of frustrated preferences and desires. A third example is liberty in the more positive sense in which it requires, not just the absence of interference by others, but also a high degree of psychological autonomy or self-mastery. Apart from clearly social and clearly non-social values, there are also some values invoked in political discussion that can be interpreted either way.

There continue to be strains of solipsism in analytical political philosophy today, as communitarians and others often complain (Black, 1991, pp. 366–7). But it must be said that a number of recent developments have put solipsistic prejudices under pressure. Communitarian critics have undoubtedly had an impact on analytical thought and they have stressed the importance of the social goods associated with the enjoyment of community. Contractualists of a radical, political slant have also pushed in this direction, hailing the value of public justification as the ultimate yardstick of political acceptability (Gaus, 1990).

But that sort of ranking, so the personalist will claim, is not strictly a ranking in political philosophy. From the point of view of political philosophy, the only considerations that should be taken into account are considerations about how individuals fare. 21 philip pettit Jeremy Bentham (1843, p. 321) sums up the personalist credo nicely: ‘Individual interests are the only real interests. ’ The thesis is also to be found, more or less explicitly, in A Theory of Justice: ‘Let us assume, to fix ideas, that a society is a more or less self-sufficient association of persons who in their relations to one another recognize certain rules of conduct as binding and who for the most part act in accordance with them.

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