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Political Judgment An Introduction PETER J. STEINBERGER
Politics is the process whereby communities collectively decide to pursue certain courses of action. Courses of action are chosen at least in part because they are somehow adjudged better than the alternatives, and this has given rise to a great deal of speculation about the ways in which we determine the relative merits of proposed laws and policies. What exactly is good judgment in politics? What are the characteristics of people who judge especially well? How is good judgment acquired and how can we recognize it in others? Peter J. Steinberger addresses such questions by considering a variety of developments in the history of political thought, introducing readers to important and on-going debates about the idea of prudence or practical wisdom as it functions, or should function, in the public realm. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of political theory, the history of political thought, and political ethics. PETER J. STEINBERGER is Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities at Reed College.
Libertarianism ERIC MACK
The essence of libertarianism is the view that coercive political institutions, such as the state, are justified only insofar as they function to protect each person’s liberty to pursue their own goals and well-being in their own way. In this book, leading expert Eric Mack provides a rigorous and clear account of the philosophical principles of libertarianism. He examines three distinctive schools of libertarian thought: the natural rights approach, the cooperation to mutual advantage approach, and the indirect consequentialist approach. After examining the historical background, he provides illuminating accounts of the thought of leading libertarian thinkers, including Robert Nozick and F.A. Hayek. He then examines the important debates between libertarian thinkers on issues such as the nature of the minimal state, and the criticisms levelled against libertarianism. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in political philosophy and ideologies, from students and scholars to general readers. ERIC MACK is Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University.