Should We Consent to Be Governed? A Short Introduction to Political Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0534574165

ISBN-13: 9780534574161

Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)

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Description: Rather than a survey of political philosophy, this concise text focuses on the problem of developing a personal outlook toward government and political life.

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Book details

List price: $97.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Preface
Should We Consent to Be Governed?
Personal Choices and Political Philosophies
What's Ahead? Four Political Outlooks
Super Patriotism
Political Cynicism
Anarchism
Critical Citizenship
Making Our Own Choice
Super Patriotism
The Case for Super Patriotism
The Parent Argument
The Benefactor Argument
The Agreement Argument
Criticizing the Agreement Argument
The Super Patriotic Attitude
Political Cynicism
Thrasymachus and Political Cynicism
The Marxist Version of Political Cynicism
The Moral Force of Cynicism
Types of Cynicism
The Lives of Cynics
Cynicism and Anarchy
Is Cynicism True?
The Lessons of Cynicism
The Case for Anarchism
The Argument from Freedom and Autonomy
The Coercive Nature of Government
In Defense of Moral Autonomy
The Argument from the Evil of Coercing Others
The Evils of Governments
Economic Inequality
Prisons and Criminal Justice
War and the State
The Anarchist View and the Anarchist Vision
The Case Against Anarchism
Hobbes and the Defense of Government
Is Hobbes Too Pessimistic?
The Benefits of the Civil State
The Legitimacy of Coercion
Is the Civil State Always Best?
What Hobbes Has Shown
Critical Citizenship
Objections to Critical Citizenship
The Ideal of Social Cooperation
Why King Took the Law Seriously
The Super Patriotic Objection
The Dangers of Advocating Disobedience
The Morality of Obedience and Disobedience to Law
A Hobbesian Objection to Critical Citizenship
The Ideal of Critical Citizenship
The Critical Citizenship Perspective
Where Do Critical Citizens Stand on Controversial Issues?
The Morality of Political Protest
Ways of Going Wrong
Taxation and Justice
Looking at Libertarianism
Who Cares?--Relating Politics to Personal Life
Suggested Readings
Bibliography
Index
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