David Estlund

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376692
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This introductory article sets out some of the objectives in the selection of topics in this volume, and reflects on what we can learn about how the field of political philosophy has evolved and is still evolving. It begins by describing how the work of John Rawls, even more than that of Robert Nozick, continues to exert enormous influence on political philosophers. The discussion then turns to communitarian criticisms of liberalism, Nozick's liberal political philosophy, Marxist thought, deliberative democracy, the emphasis on public reason in democratic theory, and global justice. The article concludes by considering new directions for the field of political philosophy.

Keywords: political philosophy; political philosophers; John Rawls; Robert Nozick; liberalism; democratic theory; public reason

Article.  8241 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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