Putting ideas to work : a practical introduction to political thought / Mark Mattern.

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Mattern, Mark, 1954- author.
Lanham, Maryland ; Oxford, England : Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, Inc., 2006.
1 online resource (473 p.)
Political science -- Philosophy.
Political ethics.
Political planning.
United States -- Politics and government.
Electronic books.
In this new text, Mark Mattern offers a unique alternative to the traditional approaches to the study and teaching of political philosophy. Rather than approaching it solely as a world of abstractions, Putting Ideas to Work emphasizes its practical task. Political ideas drawn from historical and analytical political philosophy are used to help rethink current public problems and imagine potential solutions to them.
Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Good versus bad political philosophy; The nature of truth and thefoundations of political philosophy; Tensions in theory and practice; Putting ideas to work ... for democracy; Questions, problems, and activities; PART I: The Individual and the Community; 1 Radical Individualism and the Tragedy of the Commons; Public problems; More government coercion?; Roots of radical individualism; Questions, problems, and activities; 2 Democratic Community; Recognizing interdependence, choosing solidarity
Self-interest rightly understoodCivic virtue; Democratic community; Communitarianism; Community and diversity; Questions, problems, and activities; PART II: Freedom and Equality; 3 Radical Inequality and Its Roots; Public problems; Intellectual defenses of inequality; Negative freedom and its linkage to property; Practical tradeoffs between freedom and equality; Questions, problems, and activities; 4 More Freedom and Equality?; Different kinds of freedom; Freedom requires restraint; Equality increases positive freedom; Questions, problems, and activities; PART III: Justice and Political Order
5 Thrasymachus Was RightPublic problems; Power and interest; You deserve what you get; Internalized oppression; Questions, problems, and activities; 6 No Peace without Justice; Justice and care; Justice, property, and the social contract; Satisfaction of basic human needs; Justice and self-determination; Questions, problems, and activities; PART IV: Democracy and Capitalism; 7 An Unhappy Marriage; Public problems; What is democracy?; Liberal democracy; Participatory and liberal democracy compared; Questions, problems, and activities; 8 Democracy as a Way of Life; Humanist economics
An economy of sufficiencyA democratic economy; Questions, problems, and activities; PART V: Power and Citizenship; 9 Power and the Disappearing Citizen; Public problems; Power and the impoverishment of citizenship; Questions, problems, and activities; 10 Power and the Revival of Citizenship; Education for critical consciousness; Democratic culture; Power and collective action; Questions, problems, and activities; Bibliography; Index; About the Author
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